Children are removed from families and placed in care when we think they are being harmed or their needs neglected. But data shows the vast majority aren’t getting recommended health care.
Without supportive adults, teenagers who have long lived in care often struggle in terms of mental health and wellbeing.
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Teenagers transitioning from long-term care to independent adulthood need to be looked after. Their health, wellbeing, education and their safety are at risk
The process can be stressful and traumatic for survivors.
While financial compensation should be offered, there needs to be more understanding of the impact of such payments.
Children’s voices are being omitted from their care records, with devastating effect.
The system of ‘birth alerts’ across Canada perpetuates the removal of children from Indigenous families begun by residential schools. Pictured here: a historical report on residential schools released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
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To make meaningful progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, all provinces and territories should promptly follow B.C. and ban discriminatory ‘birth alerts.’
Children growing up in Northern Ireland are far less likely to be in foster or residential care than those in England, Scotland or Wales.
Ready to learn.
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Children in care simply aren’t getting the support they want when it comes to their education
Foster carers are becoming scarcer.
Britain’s press reulgator ruled that The Times distorted its coverage of a case about a Christian girl placed with Muslim foster carers.
It can be a destructive cycle for mothers whose children are taken into care.
Nearly one in 100 children are in care.
Landmark dental findings are likely to be the tip of an iceberg.
Policymakers are reluctant to acknowledge the care system is producing criminals.
Few people are talking about how children in residential care and those in juvenile jail are essentially the same people.
The care system: too much of a revolving door.
Once a child has left care, their characteristics, the stability of their placement and how they left it influence their chances of re-entering the system.
Cutting all links between a child and its family should be the very last option.
England has far more forced adoptions than elsewhere in Europe. Is this right?
Who is entering the care system?
Examining the data on whether the number of children in care at some point in their childhood has gone up.
Young children enter care as a result of neglect or abuse, which has a big impact on their ability to engage in school.
A new report finds children in care are less likely to achieve the national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy – with the gap growing as they get older.
A familiar shoulder to lean on, despite hardship.
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Children growing up with other relatives are more likely to be from an ethnic minority.