Looked after children and young people

Content last reviewed: 2016 - To note: this chapter is in the process of being updated


Children in care are one of the most vulnerable groups in society.  The majority of Looked After Children have suffered abuse or neglect, and it is recognised that children in care have significantly higher levels of health needs than children and young people from comparable socio-economic backgrounds who have not been looked after.  Past experiences, a poor start in life, care processes, placement moves and many transitions mean that these children are often at risk of having inequitable access to health services, both universal and specialist. As a result, the outcomes and life chances of these children are often poorer.


Last updated Friday, 21st April 2017