Looked after children - learning from international approaches

The Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) has commissioned IPC to review international evidence on approaches to managing placement provision for looked after children (also known as children in state care or children placed out of home) as part of a major project to consider new approaches to managing placement provision in Wales. The purpose of the project overall is to:

  • Consider how approaches in different countries vary
  • Think about the factors which have influenced these approaches
  • Consider whether there are activities, services, arrangements elsewhere which might be worth exploring further
  • Consider, informed by these examples, whether there are aspects of the Welsh system which warrant further enquiry or testing

Phase one of the work is now complete and IPC has identified, using published and on-line sources, how commissioning arrangements work in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, USA, England and Scotland. For stage two, IPC is  conducting a more detailed enquiry in these countries to understand how the arrangements work in practice.

The plan is to publish a review towards the end of 2019.

For more information about this work email Keith Moultrie, Director of IPC, kmoultrie@brookes.ac.uk.