Exposure: Who Cares? Children’s Homes Undercover

Investigating privately owned children’s homes, undercover reporters for ITV’s Exposure reveal short staffing and poor training, and vulnerable children goaded by their ‘carers’.

Investigating privately owned children’s homes, undercover reporters for ITV’s Exposure reveal short staffing and poor training, vulnerable children goaded by their ‘carers’, and  staff giving underage teenagers money to buy tobacco.

In a year-long investigation, the two reporters  got jobs at homes in Shropshire working for two of the largest private care providers – Cambian, and Keys, which between them run around 250 homes for ‘looked-after’ children. Keys have just been bought up by a private equity company.

One Cambian worker tells reporter Theo the firm is paid £5,000 a week to look after the children – yet the money used towards activity and food is surprisingly small.

She says: “Five grand per week, we get paid. And you think about what money of that goes to the kids? £45 per week of activity £50 per week for food that’s all we ever get.” The reporter asks where the rest of the money goes, and she replies: “That’s what we want to know.”

Produced & Directed by Esella Hawkey
Co-producer: 
Joe Casey
Undercover Reporters: Theo Browne & Dan Douglas
Executive Producers: David Henshaw & Lesley Bonner