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
Our series of thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews conducted when a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect. Each briefing focuses on a different topic or learning for specific sectors, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations.
We work with local safeguarding partners to ensure that learning from case reviews can be accessed and shared at a local, regional and national level.
Find out how you can apply the lessons from case reviews and improve your practice to help protect children and young people.
Browse through our list of child safeguarding practice reviews, serious case reviews, significant case reviews and child practice reviews which were added to the National case review repository between 2017 and 2023.
A tool to support social worker's professional judgment about if and how a child should return home.
Explores the data and statistics available about looking after children, their experiences while in care and their outcomes to help professionals make evidence-based decisions.
Summarises findings from the independent review of children’s social care, The case for change, and looks at the needs, experiences and outcomes of children supported by social care in England.