Achieving emotional wellbeing for looked after children: A whole system approach – new report from the NSPCC

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has released this latest report, published June 2015.

Authors: Louise Bazalgette, Tom Rahilly and Grace Trevelyan

Research has shown that 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 the NPSCC’s Impact and evidence series.

Please see here for the report

(information source: NSPCC website, July 2015).

Particular thanks were given to members of the advisory group for their time and expertise in contributing to the report including Valerie Dunn, CLAHRC EoE Research Associate (Enduring Disabilities and / or Disadvantage Theme)

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