Authors: Andrew Pithouse, Anne Crowley
Journal: Adoption and Fostering
Andrew Pithouse and Anne Crowley outline key findings and themes arising from an All Wales survey of local authority placements commissioned by the National Assembly for Wales. Their paper highlights the number and key characteristics of looked after children and the placements they occupied on a ‘census date’ in early 2000. The authors go on to discuss the ways in which needs and outcomes are typically understood by providers and comment on the pressing problems they face in this area. Finally they identify the main challenges to the looked after system in providing quality placements and comment upon the strategic issues ahead for local authorities.