Thousands of teenagers in council care are living in B&Bs, flats and even tents and caravans - with no live-in adult supervision, a report reveals.
In 2018, 3,090 looked-after children were living independently, government data published in the Children's Rights Alliance for England report shows.
And local authority data shows at least 1,173 spent more than six months living in this way, 19 of these were 14 or 15.
Children's services bosses predict a £3.1bn funding shortfall by 2025.
The children in question are in the care of local authorities because something has gone wrong in their birth family.
They are being cared for in what is known as independent accommodation, rather than children's homes or foster care.