What are children and young people saying?

Being in care I feel like I fit in, that I'm part of this family.

C4EO Final Report from Action for Children


I'm in my own accommodation and got some help from my foster mum. She got me loads of stuff. She got me more than most people ever did. I got some extra cash from Action for Children.

C4EO Final Report from Action for Children

Children and young people's views on C4EO:
Vulnerable Children


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Our three main research areas

Looked after children are children who are the responsibility of their local authority, for example children in foster care and residential homes.

C4EO's research on vulnerable and looked after children focuses on three main areas:

  • How to make sure looked after children get a good education
  • How to improve their emotional health and wellbeing, for example self-esteem and confidence
  • How to make sure more looked after children go into safe accommodation after leaving care.

Some key messages from our research

Lots of looked after children arrive in the care system with a variety of needs. These needs can be educational, emotional or to do with their behaviour.

Our evidence suggests it's vital to really link up education, social care, and health and housing services. It's also very important to get people into settled and safe accommodation when they leave care. It is important everyone works together to help young people in care and leaving care.

Want to find out more?

These reports tell you in detail what young people have said about this topic:

Podcasts - Young people talk about their experience of being in care

A group of nine young people spent two days exploring issues raised by C4EO's knowledge review for the Vulnerable Children's theme. The result was the Vulnerable Children written report (67Kb PDF file, 6 pages) and a three-section podcast made by the young people which captures their opinions on the areas that affect the daily lives of young people in care and are covered by the knowledge reviews:

  • improving the emotional and behavioural health of looked-after children and young people
  • improving educational outcomes for looked-after children and young people
  • increasing the number of care leavers in settled, safe accommodation

The young people were aged between 16 and 23 years and had a range of experiences of looked after care, including foster care, supported care in independent accommodation, and attendance at a residential school. They were drawn from two Action for Children projects in the north of England. Action for Children worked with BBC Manchester and a radio professional with many years experience of radio production – to train the young people in the skills of podcasting.