Long-term outcomes for care-experienced parents and children: Evidence of risk and resilience from two British cohort studies

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Background

This project aims to examine the experiences of care leavers who became parents (of cohort members) and the intergenerational impact on their children’s adjustment, including outcomes from childhood into early adulthood. The study uses information from two British cohort studies.

Research details

Project title

Long-term outcomes for care-experienced parents and children: Evidence of risk and resilience from two British cohort studies

Project lead

Sam Parsons

Team

Prof Ingrid Schoon, Prof Emla Fitzsimons

Themes

Child development
Childhood adversity
Education
Employment, income and wealth
Expectations, attitudes and beliefs
Family networks
Health behaviour
Housing and local environment
Mental health and wellbeing
Physical health
Poverty
Social mobility

Dates

March 2021 – March 2023

Funder

Nuffield Foundation – visit the project page on the Nuffield Foundation website.

Scientific publications

N/a

Summary

This study will examine the experiences of care leavers who became parents and the intergenerational impact on their children’s adjustment. The care leavers in this study are parents of cohorts members.

 

Using information from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) and the 2000-02 Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

 

The aims of the study are to examine:
a) the socioeconomic resources available to care-experienced parents;
b) outcomes of their children from the very early years to post-16 transitions and into early adulthood (BCS70 only); and
c) potential protective factors and processes supporting effective functioning among care-experienced parents and their children.
The project team will examine the adjustment of these children across a range of domains, including cognitive and behavioural development, experiences at school and physical and emotional wellbeing. We will evidence a wide range of socioeconomic and wellbeing markers for care-experienced parents, including their access to health care.

 

The research will identify opportunities to support care-experienced parents and inform policy of how to support people leaving care to become independent and to improve their life chances and those of their children

 

The research will identify opportunities to support care-experienced parents and inform the aims of the Government’s 2013 Care Leaver Strategy to support people leaving care to become independent and to improve the life chances of their children.

Project poster

This poster serves as an introduction to the Care Leavers project and also how care leavers and children of care leavers experienced the cover-19 pandemic. Focusing on the 1970 cohort, the findings add to the growing body of evidence on the long shadow of care experience which continues into the 5th decade of life among those with direct care experience when they were children. Importantly we show this shadow does not necessarily affect all – and in particular not the children of care leavers.

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Social Research Institute

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Email: clsfeedback@ucl.ac.uk