‘Ready or not’: care leavers’ views of preparing to leave care

Added: 19/01/2022 Category: Looked after children

For many children in care, approaching adulthood and leaving the care system is a time of extra challenges, anxiety and fear. This research looks at the planning and preparation that happens before leaving care.

141 miles From Home: Challenges for Children in Secure Homes

Added: 17/12/2021 Category: Looked after children

The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) has released an initial report as part of its secure children’s home research project. The report provides a snapshot of the context around secure children’s homes in England and Wales between 2018 and 2020 and the challenges faced by children living in this type of accommodation.

Looked after children: out of area, unregulated and unregistered accommodation (England)

Added: 21/07/2021 Category: Looked after children, Politics

This briefing provides information on two separate but related topics concerning looked after children in England:
• Sections two and three cover out of area placements
• Sections four to six cover unregulated and unregistered accommodation.

Children’s views on being reported missing from care

Added: 30/04/2021 Category: Looked after children

Children who are looked after in the care system are disproportionately likely to go missing. One in every ten looked after children will go missing compared to an estimated one in every two hundred children generally.1 They are also much more likely to be reported missing on multiple occasions: in 2020, over 12,000 children who were looked after went missing in over 81,000 missing incidents. Nearly 65% of missing looked after children were reported missing more than once in 2020.

Impact of shared decision-making family meetings on children’s out-of-home care, family empowerment and satisfaction: A systematic review

Added: 13/02/2020 Category: Family, Health, Looked after children, Professionalism

This review comprehensively identified and assessed the evidence of the effect of shared decision-making family meetings in reducing the need for placing children in out-of-home care, and increasing family reunification, family empowerment and satisfaction, as well as reviewing the published literature on the cost- effectiveness of shared decision-making family meetings.

Pass the parcel: Children posted around the care system

Added: 18/12/2019 Category: Looked after children

There are over 30,000 looked after children living ‘out of area’ in England. This is 41% of all children in care2 and has risen by 13% since 2014. Over 11,000 of these children are more than 20 miles from what they would call home, with over 2,000 further than a hundred miles away.

Representing looked-after children at the police station: a step-by-step guide for lawyers

Added: 01/10/2019 Category: Looked after children, Professionalism, Youth Justice

The guide, jointly published by Just for Kids Law and the Howard League for Penal Reform, aims to reduce the overcriminalisation of children in care. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Youth Justice Legal Centre at Just for Kids Law have worked together to produce the document, which offers guidance on practical steps that lawyers should take to ensure that looked-after children receive the support and assistance they need and are entitled to. Looked-after children, and particularly those living in residential care, are disproportionately criminalised, compared to other children. They are less likely to receive support from family members or another trusted adult at the police station, and they should be entitled to additional protections set out in law, policy and guidance.

National protocol on reducing criminalisation of looked-after children

Added: 17/12/2018 Category: Looked after children, Politics, Professionalism, Youth Justice

A framework to help social care and criminal justice agencies keep looked-after children out of the criminal justice system.