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Care experienced mothers and their children in care in Wales

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Publication date13/02/2024
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherCentre for Child & Family Justice Research
Number of pages44
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This exploratory study is the first of its kind to describe the care profiles of young care experienced mothers, whose own children are placed in care in Wales, using administrative data.
Given the scale of investment in family justice and children’s social care, it is vital that we understand whether this investment reduces the risk of future family breakdown for care experienced girls and women. For equally important moral reasons – we need to understand far more about the removal of children from one generation to the next.
The study makes first use of the Wales Children Looked After (CLA) Census to examine mothers who were aged 12 to 17 years in 2014 and 18 to 23 years at follow-up (31 March 2020).
The study also describes the care profiles and legal statuses of children born to care experienced mothers.
Comparisons are drawn throughout to explore whether there are differences between:
a) mothers with care experience whose children are/are not placed in care
b) children in care, whose own mothers have/do not have a care history.