High proportion of looked after children don’t understand why they are in care

The findings of a survey of more than 600 young people in care has found that a significant proportion of looked after children are uncertain about the reasons for being in care. The Your Life Your Care project, carried out by Coram Voice and the University of Bristol, involved surveying looked-after children in six councils. It found that half of young children (4-7 years) did not feel the reasons why they were in care had been fully explained and, although understanding increased with age, more than a quarter of teenagers did not fully understand why they were looked after. The report, Our Lives, Our Care: Looked after children’s views on their well-being, recommends that all children and young people are provided with age-appropriate accounts of why they are in care the reason for their contact plans with relatives.

FIND OUT MORE HERE


Mockingbird programme to support foster families extended further

The Mockingbird Family Model, delivered by The Fostering Network, centres on a constellation where one foster home acts as a …

Children as young as seven drawn into county line gangs

A report by The Children’s Society has found that children as young as seven are being exploited by county line …

Study finds children’s voices omitted from care records

A study by University College London has recommended that the social care records of looked-after children and young people need …