Returning children home from care: learning from case reviews

Topics: Case reviews Looked after children

Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice for reunification

Returning a child home to their family after a period in local authority care is a time of great upheaval and adjustment for both the child and their family.

The learning from case reviews highlights that professionals need to thoroughly assess the situation before returning children home. They need to carefully plan and prepare for the reunification and continue to monitor the child’s safety and wellbeing before, during and after the return.

This briefing is based on case reviews published since 2010 which have highlighted lessons for returning children home from care.

Published: October 2015