Children in care: life expectancy

Researchers at University College London (UCL) Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care have published findings from research looking at a link between a childhood in care and early death. A study of data relating to more than 350,000 people in the ONS Longitudinal Study to see if they had been in care at any point between 1971 and 2001 and then tracked to see whether, and if so, how, they had died up to 42 years later, found that adults who spent time as children in care were more likely to die prematurely than those who did not. The excess mortality was mainly attributable to deaths categorised as self-harm, accidents and mental & behavioural causes.

Read the news story: Research highlights link between a childhood in care and early unnatural death
Read the research article: Association of childhood out-of-home care status with all-cause mortality up to 42 years later: Office of National Statistics Longitudinal Study (PDF)

Source: University College London

Date: 21 May 2020

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