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Research - Report: Impact of Children’s Lack of Understanding of Why They are in Care

In England and Wales adopted children must be given a life story book, which adoptive parents can use to help children understand their background. This is also recommended for children in foster and residential care but is not statutory. Researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford set out to discover whether children and young people in foster, residential and kinship care felt they had been given a full explanation of the reasons for their entry to care. The researchers also wanted to explore the impact of a lack of understanding of the need to be placed in care on children’s wellbeing.