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What difference does local authority care make to the lives of vulnerable children? Longitudinal analyses of a retrospective electronic cohort. Presented by Dr Sara Long.
This research aims to examine, over time, education and health outcomes of children who are looked after (CLA) by the local authority. Existing studies using only one point in time show that CLA have poorer educational and health outcomes than the general population. Pre-care experiences, such as physical abuse, parental mental health illness and parental alcohol misuse, are common reasons for becoming looked after. These experiences also predict poorer health, education and social outcomes in young people who are not in care. It is therefore difficult to understand whether poorer outcomes for CLA are because of differences in pre-care experiences, or care itself.
This research, for the first time, links an existing Wales-wide dataset on education and health with routinely collected data on young people's support from social services. The research explores three objectives. First, addresses the lack of large-scale studies in the UK statistically examining the role of CLA status in predicting educational outcomes and health over time. Second, reduces uncertainty over the extent to which poor outcomes among CLA are because of pre-care experiences, or experiences of being in care. This will be achieved through comparison between CLA, and children who receive help from social services but are not CLA (Children In Need, but Not Looked After - NLA). There are likely to be differences between these two groups that predict why one group becomes CLA and the other does not, but NLA are likely to be more similar to CLA than other children. To take account of further differences between groups, we adjust for physical abuse, parental mental health illness, parental alcohol misuse and domestic violence. Third, whilst CLA status is often based on the assumption that removing young people from adversity will improve life trajectories, this study will be the first to examine over time the role of care in reducing the effects of pre-care experiences on education and health outcomes.

Sep 14, 2021 11:00 AM in London

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