It is a sad truth that too many children in the looked-after system move from placement to placement, with an exponentially negative effect on their mental and physical health.

On the other hand, a stable family environment offers huge benefits, especially to children who have previously experienced trauma and neglect.“Local authorities are putting children into repeated foster care placements, it is not working and they’re bouncing around the system,” says Dr Fenella Quinn, clinical director at Halliwell Homes. “With every placement breakdown, the child’s problems are compounded.”

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