Looked-after children are particularly vulnerable to social and psychological difficulties. Forty-five percent of looked-after children have mental health problems, they are 10 times more like to have a statement of special needs, are four times more likely to be unemployed on leaving school and around one-third of prisoners were in care as children. The mental health of looked-after children is highly dependent, in part, on their relationships with their carers and teachers. Improved developmental trajectories are dependent on valuing good parenting and producing foster carers and residential care works with the skills of excellent teachers and parents.
Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project (2008). Final Report. The Government Office for Science, London.