The Care Pathways and Outcomes Study, conducted within the Institute of Child Care Research, has been following a population of children who were under five years old and in public care in Northern Ireland on 31st March 2000 (n=374). It aims to find out where these children/young people end up living and how they are getting on in their placements. The study has entered its fourth phase "The teens and early adulthood" (2016-2019), which is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In this critical phase, the young people will be aged between 17 and 22 years old when we speak to them.
In the the previous phase of the study (2006-2010), ‘The Children’s Perspective’, we talked to the children themselves, as well as their parents and carers, to find out how they were getting on. The findings of this study have been published in a book format with the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) in May 2013, and are also available in a summary report.