Sticking Around: The Importance of Stability For Children
The latest foster care statistics show that there are nearly 90,000 children in care across England and Wales; with this number only set to rise.
Given the number of children in care, many studies have been conducted to assess the importance of stability for children and young people’s wellbeing and development. Many of the children within the care system have experienced neglect, abuse and adversity within their homes, which is why they have been taken into care.
It is due to the research that has been conducted, and for the reasons listed above, that the Stability Index put together by the Children’s Commissioner matters.
The Stability Index highlights the necessity of a safe and stable home life, whereby children who are living in care are treated equally. Along with this, it outlines the skills that are necessary for a parent or caregiver to nurture a child and make them feel stable within a family unit.
There are links between stability and children flourishing in their home, school, and social lives. If a child experiences instability, they may have difficulty making friends, achieving their full potential in school, or even trusting the adults around them. This unstable feeling a child may experience might make it harder for them to have any form of relationship with parents, caregivers, teachers, or social workers – unfortunately, instability tends to leave a child feeling unsafe and unable to trust the adults around them.
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