Unless we take proactive steps to stop smoking, local authorities, in theory, in the best interest of the child or young person, could withdraw the placement of the young person. We have to make carers aware that this is a live possibility.Do these people really think that exposure to secondary smoke is the most significant danger faced by homeless young people in care? And just in case anyone thinks this has anything to do with concern for children's health:
The move will be considered amid fears the council could be held liable if youngsters in care develop future health problems linked to passive smoking.The care system for children is far from perfect. If I were in care and discovered that social services had stopped me being adopted by people just because they were smokers I would probably sue them myself.