Looked-after children and children in care

Children's homes, data collection, children leaving care, health and wellbeing of looked-after children.


  1. If your child is taken into care

    What happens when a child is taken into care - who is responsible for what, care proceedings, care orders, going to court and the role of Cafcass

  2. Leaving foster or local authority care

    Leaving foster or local council care - support from your council, review meetings and financial help

  3. Children adopted from care and the pupil premium: template letter

    A template local authorities can use to tell alternative education providers how to claim the pupil premium for children adopted from care.

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News and communications

  1. Children and Families Minister launches Care Leaver Covenant
  2. Major new scheme launched to support young people leaving care
  3. Government launches new collaboration with Barnardo's to support care leavers into work
  4. Neglected older children missed
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Research and statistics

  1. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018
  2. Improving outcomes of children in need: literature review
  3. Children in need: preliminary longitudinal analysis
  4. Children in Care in Northern Ireland 2016/17
  5. Foster care in England
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  2. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government: Care Leaver Covenant offer
  3. Department for Education: Care Leaver Covenant offer
  4. Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Care Leaver Covenant offer
  5. Attorney General’s Office: Care Leaver Covenant offer
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Funding for personal adviser support for care leavers to age 25
  2. Looked-after children in foster care: analysis
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