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NICE consultation: Looked-after children and young people

07 May 2021

As of 31 March 2020, there are 80,080 looked-after children and young people in England.

The most common reason for becoming looked after was abuse or neglect (65%).

The majority of looked-after children are cared for in foster placements (72%), with 14% in connected care, and 13% in residential care, secure units, or semi-independent living accommodation.

In addition to these, 7% of looked-after children still live with birth parents.

This guideline covers how organisations, professionals and carers can work together to deliver high quality care, stable placements and nurturing relationships for looked-after children and young people. It aims to help these children and young people reach their full potential and enjoy the same opportunities in life as their peers.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in contributing to this, please submit your comments using the response form below to [email protected]

The deadline for commenting is the end of play on Friday 04 June.

Please note:

  • The society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties / Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on clinical opinion


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