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Helping children in care to thrive

The statistics

It's by no means a given, but children who spend time in the care system are less likely than other children to achieve academic success or benefit from stable relationships.

They are more likely to have problems with crime, drugs and mental health than their peers.  

  • When they leave primary school, 43% of children in care will have reached the national curriculum test level expected for their age - compared with 74% of all children.
  • Almost one third of children in care leave school with no GCSEs or vocational tests like GNVQs.
  • Only 13.2% of children in care obtain five good GCSEs - compared with 57.9% of all children.1
  • Only 6% of care leavers go to university - compared with 38% of all young people.2
  • One third of care leavers are not in education, employment or training - compared with 13% of all young people.3
  • More than one in 10 children had three or more placements in 2010. 4
  • 23% of the adult prison population has been in care and almost 40% of prisoners under 21 were in care as children (only 2% of the general population spend time in prison).
  • A quarter of young women leaving care are pregnant or already mothers, and nearly half become mothers by the age of 24.5


organisation details:

The Who Cares? Trust,
15-18 White Lion Street,
London, N1 9PG
Telephone: 020 7251 3117

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