Project Overview


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 end up living and how they are getting on in their placements.

In the the last 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.

BIG NEWS: the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has agreed to fund the next wave of the study, which will run from 2016 to 2019 (four years duration). In this critical phase, the young people will be aged between 17 and 21 years old when we are able to talk to them.