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Family contact lost, the longer children stay in care

The Keeping in touch report highlights the difficulties of maintaining family contact for children in care.

In his latest report on children’s experiences in care, Children’s Rights Director for England, Roger Morgan has concluded that the longer children stay in care the more likely it is that all contact with their parents, siblings and friends will be lost.

The Keeping in touch report surveyed the views of nearly 400 children and young people about keeping in touch and losing contact with their families and friends whilst in care. It found that once children have been in care for over two years, they have much less contact with their birth family; and for those who have been in care for over six years, all contact is most likely to be lost.

You can read the report here.