Dates: November 2018- January 2021
Research Team: Professor Gillian Schofield, Dr Birgit Larsson, Professor Elsbeth Neil, Julie Young
Funder: Nuffield Foundation
Although long-term foster care has long been recognised as a permanence option, it was not until 2015 that the Government introduced the first formal Regulations and Guidance. The aims were to define long-term foster care, to ensure effective care planning and to promote successful long-term foster care placements. Local authorities were also required to record and identify children in long-term foster placements in their SSDA903 submissions to the Department for Education. This study builds on a series of CRCF long-term foster care projects led by Professor Schofield and colleagues since 1997.