Reuniting Families: Is it always the best policy for looked after children?

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In the context of recent rises in the number of children 'looked after' by local authorities, this article reflects on the question of whether, and in what circumstances, such children should be returned to their families. It summarises evidence on the outcomes of reunion and considers the support offered by local authorities. It concludes that reunion needs to be considered as part of a continuum of services for children that includes family support, use of placement in some circumstances, and social work activity to ensure permanence for those children returned to their families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-21
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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

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