Half of sibling groups (49.5%) in local authority care are split up

Half of sibling groups (49.5%) in local authority care are split up

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in News

A report by The Family Rights Group entitled ‘What happens to siblings in the care system?’ has published that half of siblings placed in local authority care are not placed together, despite their research suggesting keeping siblings together is conducive to the success of their placements.

Six questions were asked of the 152 English Local Authorities in August 2014 to establish the nature of the placements of siblings. From the authorities that replied on the number of sibling groups, they have established that 3,947 groups were placed together. This figure translates to 50.5% of sibling groups being placed together and 49.5% separated.

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