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Childhood Well-being Research Centre Data Pack on Improving permanence for looked-after children.
18 September 2013

The Improving permanence for looked-after children data pack provides greater detail about placements for looked-after children and those who return home. The pack is derived from the SSDA 903 data (to 31 March 2012) collected from all local authorities in England.

Current published data about placement stability and children returning home focuses on the number of placements in a year and the number of children returning home after they cease to be looked after. In isolation, this data provides a national standard and important messages about placement instability and children who experience the unstable nature of care when a return home fails.

While achieving timely permanence is desirable, annual data returns show that a small but substantial number of children still experience multiple placements each year. In addition, too many children who return home to their families also do so without the support and services they need, resulting in further abuse or neglect and re-entry to care.

This data pack is intended to:

Using this data provides the opportunity to understand what contributes to placement breakdown, alongside reviewing the policies and practice of those local authorities who are succeeding in achieving permanence by supporting both looked-after children within their placements and those who return home to their families.

Further information, plus downloads for the data pack can be accessed here: Improving Permanence for Looked-After Children Data Pack

 

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