Stockton JSNA

Looked after children

What evidence is there for effective intervention?

There is a wealth of published research on this subject – one example is the research undertaken by Professors Mike Stein at York and Bob Broad at Loughborough Universities which shows that, although many children in care start from poor starting points:

  • the majority of children and young people will successfully move on from a stable care experience when they have consistent and relatively low level support
  • many more will do well in adult life if they receive skilled and intensive support while in care
  • only a vulnerable minority will continue to need targeted support well into adulthood.

It is useful to bear in mind these three distinct groups when commissioning, delivering, measuring and monitoring services to children and young people in care and care leavers.

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