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Reasons why children go into care 

Abbie Jones

Expert from social care institute for excellence ,(2004) says children who are looked after have more emotional and mental health needs as well as more behavioural difficulties than most children. This is true as they have less emotional stability because of the situation they are in at home.

                  There  are two types of situation for children ending up in care. One is child related reasons. This is when the child has a certain problem like a disability or mental health or behavioural. This will affect where they live even if it is not there fault.Often the child is unable to help change why they were moved into care so they can often feel sad or unhappy or like they have been abandoned by their family so being naughty in the class is one way for them to cope with the change in circumstances.For example if a child was moved because of their mental health they might feel they need more attention so acting out in class is the only way to feel they have attention

                   The second type of situation is family related care. This is because of the family, maybe it is because of the lose of a parent or abuse or neglect. This is often a reason for children acting out as they may feel worthless maybe they have been verbally or emotionally abused so they feel like they need to prove themselves and the only way they know to do this is by behaving badly.For example a child was called worthless and given no attention when they were growing up they then ended up being taken into care this will then affect them negatively and could end up them trying to act out in class.

                    The Children Act 1989-2004 also helps explain why the children in care have behavioral issues. In Section 20 it explains how the parents have the rights and the responsibilities for the child. This means that they can still decide if they eat meat or if they go to a certain school. They will still not live with the mum and/or dad but they will still have contact with them this shouldn't affect their behaviour much of course it will still have an impact.However, there is a part of the act,Section 31, where the mu and /or dad will not be able to make any decisions for the child whether it’s to make them have a bath or not they lose all rights and responsibilities. However this one will have a bigger impact on the child because in order for the rights and responsibilities to change we have to go through court, this will in turn mean the child will have to go through the court system causing unhappiness therefore they could act out in class. So it won’t always be there fault.

                In conclusion when a child is behaving badly try to help them by being there for them to talk to someone or telling them to take time out of the class to come to me  rather than yelling at them, as it’s not always their fault. 


social care institute for excellence,(2004)safegarding children at: (2017)