Foster care for adolescents

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Older children and adolescents account for a substantial proportion of children in the care system. Forty per cent of all new entrants to care during the course of a year are 10-15 years old and, at any one time, nearly two-thirds of children who are looked after in England are between 10 and 17 years old. The majority of these children and young people live in foster placements. At any one time, nearly three-quarters of looked after 10-15-year-olds and nearly half of 16-17-year-olds are placed in foster care (Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2007). Foster care for adolescents is therefore a key issue for policy and practice in relation to children both in and on the edge of care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Child Placement Handbook: Research, policy and practice
EditorsG Schofield, J Simmonds
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Association for Adoption and Fostering
Pagespp. 159-177
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-1-905664-46-7
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • children on the edge of care
  • looked after children
  • social work issues

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