Care system ethnic inequalities highlighted

Research by the University of Huddersfield has found huge variations in the likelihood of children from different communities being looked-after. The research found that ‘White British’ children are more than 10 times more likely than ‘Asian Indian’ children to be in care, and ‘Black Caribbean’ children are 20 times more likely.

The authors of the study highlight that low rates in care could mean some children in need are being missed by services, or that some communities are more effective in supporting their children. However, the study states that more evidence is needed before conclusions can be drawn. The research analysed 8,000 children in care across 18 local authority areas.

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