This study provides strong evidence that home supervision provides the best opportunity to support our most vulnerable children and families. And it also shows that this opportunity is often not realised.
We are calling for greater investment in family support services to bring about a more concentrated and consistent approach to assisting children and their families.
Jennifer Davidson, CELCIS Director said:
'One challenge is ensuring children and young people who are looked after at home receive the same priority as other looked after children. They can have equally difficult experiences and their outcomes are often worse in areas such as education and wellbeing.
'These children and young people could be living in difficult circumstances and their families may face challenges such as poverty, domestic violence, addiction and ill health.They need a different type of support compared to other looked after children and currently their needs are not always met.'
We were commissioned by Barnardo's to carry out this independent research.