looked after children

Most children are fortunate enough to have significant adults in their lives who can act as mentors or role models. However, children and young people in the care system may have limited or, in some cases, no contact with their families. The NSPCC is committed to improving outcomes for looked after children, both as individuals and as a group.

The purpose of this briefing is to look at the benefits of the independent visiting service for young people from their perspective.

Since the case of Baby P, there has been a 40% increase in the number of children taken into care by the state. There are now 70,000 children being 'looked after' in the system. What happens to them? Can the system offer them a better life? Panorama follows children in the care of Coventry Social Services for six months to find out if the state can be a real parent - even though children in care are more at risk of failing school and committing crime than any other group. Narrated by Samantha Morton, who herself grew up in care.

Since the tragic case of Baby Peter’s death came to public attention in late 2008 the care system has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of children, particularly those needing foster placements. This rise is the result of a number of possible factors, including the debate on thresholds following this case and a recent legal clarification of the law known as the Southwark Judgement.

Ofsted’s first annual survey of social work practitioners across local authorities in England. The social work practitioner survey was conducted at the same time as a survey for third sector organisations. This report only shows the results from the social work practitioner survey at a national level; a separate report is available showing national results from the third sector. The survey is based on 4,141 responses.

Audit that examined how effectively councils use their resources on residential placements for their looked-after children and identified areas for improvement. Audit Scotland's work complements the Scottish Government’s strategic review of residential child care services in Scotland, conducted by the National Residential Child Care Initiative (NRCCI).

Website resource with links to the National Children's Bureau's free publications. It includes guides, reviews and toolkits on a wide variety of subjects.

Helen Minnis is Senior Lecturer in Child Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow. Her research among looked after children led to her interest in Reactive Attachment Disorder for which she has achieved an international reputation. Her work in this field has included development and validation of new standardised assessment tools.

The aim of the website is to support improved outcomes for all looked after children, young people and care leavers through the provision of information, useful resources and networking opportunities to those who support them and others who have an interest in this area- including children and young people as well as parents and carers.