Children in care & care leavers

As part of the Alliance for Children in Care & Care Leavers we are calling for a fundamental shift in the purpose of our care system. It is time it supported children and young people to recover from the trauma of abuse and neglect.

On leaving care, the challenges can continue. A safe home, decent mental health care and someone to rely on shouldn’t be too much to ask. The most vulnerable young people are falling between the gaps in our complicated and over-stretched support systems. Often, they unjustly blame themselves.

Every year that passes, some of the most vulnerable young people who leave care, disappear from the radar, only reappearing when things have reached crisis point.

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Edge of care

How short stays in residential care can be a good option for young people in difficult family circumstances.

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