This literature review was commissioned by the Department for Education
and Skills to provide a summary of current knowledge on patterns of
placement stability for children looked after by local authorities. It offers an
appraisal of research that has been undertaken in England since 1989. The
timeframe focuses attention on studies undertaken following the
implementation of the Children Act 1989, with the exception of Child Care
Now: A survey of placement patterns (Rowe et al., 1989) which has also been
included on the basis that it describes movement in and out of care and
within the system for a large sample of looked after children 1.
Funded by the DFES. For more information, see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/ccfr/Research/placementstability.htm.