Care planning and review for looked after children: fifteen years of slow progress?

Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 41(2), March 2011, pp.387-398.
Oxford University Press

The legal framework for child care planning in England and Wales is largely based on the Children Act, 1989. The provisions in the act were based in part on research into the shortcomings of the care system, particularly the tendency of children to drift within the care system without clear plans being made. This commentary reviews progress in research into planning and reviewing for children in care since the publication of two major studies in the late 1990s. It briefly considers the changing context of law, regulation and guidance and the aims and objectives of the care planning and review system. It then reviews the limited research literature available, in relation to a series of key topics, with consideration given to guides for children and practitioners on the subject. The author concludes that this is an area in which research has failed to keep up with changes in policy, and ends with a recommendation of a more systematic approach to research.

Subject terms:
looked after children, planning, social policy, child care reviews;
England, Wales
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