Care - The Facts
What you need to know about the care system
Here you will find comprehensive information about the care system, how it works, what it is like to be a child in care or a young care leaver, and the common issues faced by care-experienced young people.
93,417: the number of children in care in the UK in 2015
Over a third of children come into the care system aged four or under
Three in four children in care live with foster carers
One in ten children in care have three or more care placements in a year
Around 11,000 young people leave care aged 16, 17 or 18 each year
Seven: the number of corporate parenting principles set out in the Children and Social Work Act
"The emotional support, financial support and encouragement from Become meant so much and helped me through. The most important thing was for me not to give up...your words of support and empowerment got me through."
-Care leaver upon completing her degree
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Latest news and stories
Become’s Five Principles for Listening
11 Jun 2018
We’re proud to be a voice for children in care and young care leavers. The only way that we can maintain that status is by listening to young people: early, often, and well. Here are five principles we use to help guide our work with young people.
Can Universal Credit ever work for care leavers?
11 Jun 2018
Universal Credit has been controversial, and it’s been in and out of the news with stories of disruption and sanctions that have left people relying on food banks to survive and going into severe rent arrears. The Government say it will help people into work, and its critics say that it will punish the most vulnerable in our society.
#CareDay18 Care Leavers Go Higher: A new collaborative commitment
16 Feb 2018
How can the Higher Education community work together in the best interests of care leavers? Faced with challenges unique to them and their care experiences, how can care leavers be sure that Higher Education will be a good choice for them?