England // August 13th 2019

Stability Index for Children in Care 2019

by FosterTalk Admin on August 13th 2019

The Children’s Commissioner for England, has published a report measuring the stability of the lives of children in care in England, analysing data relating to 2017/18. The report looks at the number of times children in care move placement, school or social worker. Findings include: 10.4% of children in care on 31 March 2018 (7,880 children) experienced two or more placement changes in 2017/18; 11%, (6,230) children) experienced a mid-year school move in 2017/18; 27% (20,000) of the children in care on 31 March 2018 experienced multiple social worker changes in 2017/18; and the number of teenagers aged 13 or over in care has risen by 21% between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

 

A separate report, based on interviews with 22 children and young people aged between 9 and 21 in England who are in care or care leavers, looks at children and young people’s experiences of instability in the care system.

 

Further details are available here > and here >