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.
95,837: the number of children in care in the UK in 2017
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
BEING IN CARE
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Latest news and stories
Children in care missing from mental health reports
22 Nov 2018
NHS Digital issued its first survey in 13 years on the mental health of children and young people. On the same day, the Children's Commissioner issued an analysis of CAMHS in England. Children in care were conspicuous in their absence. We outline why that must change.