Health needs of looked after children

The Local Government Association has published Healthy futures: supporting and promoting the health needs of looked after children.

This report focuses on the higher health needs of looked after children and young children which are often met less successfully than their peers, leading to poorer outcomes.  The report includes seven case studies of positive initiatives in local authorities around the country.

Numbers and circumstances

  • There are over 70,000 looked after children in England.
  • Six per cent of looked after children are unaccompanied asylum seekers.
  • The majority (75 per cent) of looked after children are placed with foster carers.
  • Over 60 per cent of children in care are looked after due to abuse and neglect.
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