This NSPCC report examines the issues around children returning home from care. It looks at how we can address the problems of reunification and outlines innovative new approaches to support children returning home from care and protect them from harm.
The most common outcome for children leaving care is to return home to a parent or relative.
Research shows that around half of children who come into care because of abuse or neglect suffer further abuse if they return home, with up to half of those returning to care.
This report highlights NSPCC recommendations to central and local government to improve outcomes for children returning home from care. These include:
The report also includes information on new NSPCC approaches to practice in four key areas of reunification: assessment, decision making, planning and monitoring.
Find out more about the NSPCC's four services for looked after children.
Please cite as: NSPCC (2012) Returning home from care: what's best for children. London: NSPCC.