Children and Families

The number of children in care in Wales on the rise. How can we support families to reverse this trend and to minimise negative outcomes?

The WCPP has worked for a while on understanding the rising number of children in care in Wales and effective approaches to addressing this trend. A trend that is a cause for concern because of the potential impact on the outcomes of children who are taken into care in terms of educational attainment, health, unemployment, homelessness, and criminal justice. The WCPP’s work in this area has recently shifted to a focus on prevention and early intervention. ‘At risk’ children and families will frequently interact with multiple agencies and services. Our work looks at whether and how multi-agency working in Wales could be improved to support families and reduce the risk of children being taken into care.


 

Publications

Our published research on children and families provides vital information for policymakers and researchers.
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Publications 17 February 2020
What do children and young people looked after and their families think about care?
Care-experienced children and young people as well as their families have unique perspectives on the care system and incorporating their views into decision-making has a...
Publications 14 May 2019
Analysis of the Factors Contributing to the High Rates of Care in Wales
On 31st March 2018, there were 6,405 children looked after in Wales, almost 1,900 more children than were looked after in 2006. Over that time Wales has consistently had...
Publications 14 January 2019
Integrated Early Years Systems
A review of international evidence
Publications 2 November 2018
Legislating to Prohibit Parental Physical Punishment of Children
This report explores what might be learnt from countries which have introduced legislation to prohibit parental physical punishment of children. Based on a review of...

 

Projects

Our portfolio of projects creates knowledge and evidence around all aspects of policy affecting children and families in Wales.

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We have a wealth of publications and commentary covering all aspects of children in Wales.

 

Experts

Meet the Children and Families team
Dan Bristow
Director of Policy and Practice
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Dr Amy Lloyd
Research Associate
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