Looked After Children/Care Leavers – some useful resources

Some key resources which illustrate the challenges associated with meeting the needs of Looked After Children and Care Leavers:

Perceptions of Care

Perceptions of Care – Become (2017)

Care and Emotional/Mental Health

Achieving emotional well-being for looked after children – NSPCC (2015)

Young people’s and carers perspectives on the mental health of looked-after adolescents – Stanley (2007)

What work in preventing and treating poor mental health in looked after children? – Rees Centre/NSPCC (2014)

Care and Education

Failed by the system: The views of young care leavers on their educational experiences – Barnardos (2006)

 The education of children in care: a research review – Welbourne & Leeson (2012)

The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England – The Nuffield Foundation (2015)

Care and Criminal Justice

Care – a stepping stone to custody? The views of children in care on the links between care, offending and custody – Blades, Hart, Lea & Willmott (2011)

Criminal Care – Childrens homes and criminalising children – The Howard League for Penal Reform (2015)

Leaving Care

Resilience and young people leaving care: overcoming the odds – Mike Stein (2005)

After care: Young people’s views on leaving care – Ofsted (2012)

Access all areas – NCAS (2012)

public accounts committee – care leavers transition to adulthood (2015)

Keep on Caring – HM Government (2016)

Care outcomes and policy

Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2015

Outcomes for Looked After Children by Local Authority in England as at 31 March 2014

Public Accounts Forty-Fourth Report – Children in Care – Committee of Public Accounts (2nd March 2015)

Children’s Commissioner’s – Stability Index for Children in Care (2017)

Some Useful Websites/Organisations

Coram Voice

Who Cares Trust

The Who Cares Trust

Care Leavers Association

Rees: The Care Leavers Foundation

Further resources which are also available:

Whose Agenda? Issues of power and relationships when listening to looked-after young people – Alison Mcleod (2007)

Challenging dominant representations of residential childcare in Romania: An exploration of the views of children and young people living in the care system – Bejenaru & Tucker (2014)

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