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Looked After Children

Looked after children are children and young people looked after by the state under UK and Wales national legislation.

Looked after children and children leaving state care remain one of the most vulnerable groups in our society.  The number of children subject to care proceedings has increased over recent years with the majority entering care due to abuse or neglect.  Compared with their peers, looked after children generally have poorer outcomes in relation to their education and mental health with many experiencing isolation and continued vulnerability whilst in care.   Despite improvement in the care system, many young people go on to have poor experience when leaving care including problems in relation to poverty, housing and employment.

Children in Wales’ work in this area includes

  • Coordinating and managing the Looked after Children Health Exchange forum
  • Proactively engaging with Welsh Government in the development of legislation and policies as they impact on looked after children and care leavers
  • Proactively work with our member organisations who deliver services to looked after children and care leavers
  • Campaigning and lobbing to influence the policy agenda
  • Informing and supporting external research and enquiries into services and policy for looked after children in Wales
  • Engaging on the issues impacting on accommodated children at a European level through our work with Eurochild.
  • Providing information, advice and a signposting service for our member organisations in relation to external services and policies
  • Delivering specific commissioned research projects on looked after children and care leavers

For more information about any of these issues please contact: Sean O’Neill, Policy Director, Sean.Oneill@childreninwales.org.uk.

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