Accommodation, Placements and Carers

What is important to children in care and care leavers?

The questions in our surveys were developed with children in care and care leavers, to reflect the things they felt made their lives good.

How they felt about where they live and the people they live with was really important children and young people. 

The indicators we use around accommodation, placements and relationships with foster carers and residential workers include whether children and young people:

  • Feel safe where they live.
  • Feel settled.

In addition, children in care are asked about whether they:

  • Trust the adults they live with.
  • Feel the adults they live with notice their feelings.
  • Talk to the adults they live with about the things that matter.
  • Are happy with their bedrooms.
  • Have had placement changes.

We also ask care leavers about whether they feel:

  • Safe in their neighbourhood.
  • Their home is right for them.

How are local authorities supporting children and young people around accommodation, placements and relationships with foster carers and residential workers?



To read more about what children and young people feel about their lives and their well-being, have a look at our publications and news items.

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