A new report launched by the Children’s Commissioner for England shines a light on the difficulties faced by thousands of children each year bouncing around the social care system.
The Stability Index is a new measure of stability for looked after children. It brings together data on care placements, schools and social workers, in order to understand for the first time the type and scale of instability experienced by these children.
- 2,000 children had a change of care placement, school and social worker in a single year
- 25% of children in care experienced multiple changes in their social worker over the same period
- 10% of children in care moved school in the middle of the academic year – 3 times the national rate for all children