What works in promoting good emotional wellbeing and mental health for children in care
Children in care are 4 times more likely to have a mental health problem than children living with their birth families. These mental health needs are often unmet, which increases children’s risk of a variety of poor outcomes including placement instability and poor educational attainment.
This report provides recommendations and evidence for how the care system can be changed to prioritise and achieve good emotional wellbeing for all looked after children and care leavers. It is part of our Impact and evidence series.
Authors: Louise Bazalgette, Tom Rahilly and Grace Trevelyan
We worked with 4 local authorities in the UK to investigate how to redesign the care system to improve support for the emotional wellbeing of looked after children.
Our project involved asking children in care, care leavers, carers and professionals from health, social care and education services about their experience of the care system and what changes they would like to see.
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