Children’s Commissioner for England report on the separation of brothers and sisters in care

Year: 2023
Topic: Brothers and sisters
Author: The Children's Commissioner, England

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published ‘Siblings in Care’, a report regarding the number and circumstances of children in care who have been separated from their brothers and sisters.

The report estimates that an estimated 20,000 children have been separated from their brothers and sisters.

Of the sibling groups who were split up, 39% were split between two different local authorities and 2% were split between three or more different local authorities.

The report highlights some of the main reasons why brothers and sisters are separated including a lack of sufficient places where brothers and sisters can live together, with particular challenges for larger brother and sister groups. 

Read the report