FORRESTER Donald, GOODMAN Keith, COCKER Christine, BINNIE Charlotte and JENSCH Graham
'What is the impact of public care in children's welfare? A review of research findings from England and Wales and their policy implications'
Journal of Social Policy 38:3, 2009, pp 439-56
This article, based on UK research studies, seeks to reconcile the view that more children should be taken into care with findings that long-term outcomes are poor. Although care entrants have experienced deprivation and abuse, most do surprisingly well and it is after leaving care that problems arise. Recent Government initiatives have tended to bolster the current system rather than introduce radical change, leading the authors to recommend more intervention before care proves necessary. But this does not mean less care, only less of the type currently available. More care of a different kind would be an effective prevention strategy. The American model...