Born Into Care: Understanding care pathways and placement stability for infants in Wales
7th November 2023
New research launched today looks at care pathways and placement stability for infants in Wales. This is the first time that this population level evidence has been published.
The report, by Dr Laura Cowley et al, aims to shed light on care pathways and placement stability for infants in Wales, using data from the Children Looked After census collected by Welsh Government. The report is divided into two parts, the first of which focuses on infant entry to care and the second, which focuses on pathways and placement outcomes.
It provides new evidence about entry routes to care, pathways through care, and placement outcomes for the very youngest children in the care system in Wales. The study is based on the total population of infants entering care in Wales over an 18-year period, and is the first in the UK to examine both entry to care and change of legal status beyond initial entry to care.
Find the report here.