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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 …
Contributors The in-care sample data was collected by RP, the normative sample data was collected by WM. HM is the PI for the larger RCt which this is a part of, and together with CG they designed this study and supported data collection. All authors contributed to the write up.
Competing interests None.
Ethics approval West of Scotland NHS Research Ethics Committee five and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Research and Development Committee).
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.