Care - The Facts
What you need to know about the care system
Here you will find comprehensive information about the care system, how it works, what it is like to be a child in care or a young care leaver, and the common issues faced by care-experienced young people.
93,417: the number of children in care in the UK in 2015
Over a third of children come into the care system aged four or under
Three in four children in care live with foster carers
One in ten children in care have three or more care placements in a year
Around 11,000 young people leave care aged 16, 17 or 18 each year
Seven: the number of corporate parenting principles set out in the Children and Social Work Act
"The emotional support, financial support and encouragement from Become meant so much and helped me through. The most important thing was for me not to give up...your words of support and empowerment got me through."
-Care leaver upon completing her degree
BEING IN CARE
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Latest news and stories
Become’s Five Principles for Listening
06 Aug 2018
We’re proud to be a voice for children in care and young care leavers. The only way that we can maintain that status is by listening to young people: early, often, and well. Here are five principles we use to help guide our work with young people.
Become responds to Government's Independent Fostering Review response
20 Jul 2018
We welcome the Government’s response to the Independent Fostering Review, and are pleased that an emphasis has been placed on encouraging more positive and ‘normal’ relationships between children and young people in care and their foster carers.