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It is now well established that children in foster care are at increased risks of experiencing mental health problems, for example, Ford et al 1 described findings from 1453 looked after and accommodated children in a sample of over 10 000 children aged 5–15 years and found that 46.4% of the accommodated children received a diagnosis compared with 8.5% of the general population. Our team2 conducted a systematic review examining the way child characteristics affected child outcomes from care and found that, of the studies which found an effect of age on outcome, three-quarters found more positive outcomes, in terms of finding a permanent placement, for children who entered care at …
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