The children come from a range of backgrounds but most will have been removed from their birth family due to concerns about their well-being and safety. Problems at home are often associated with drugs, alcohol and domestic violence. For some children, living at home can be difficult due to their parents suffering with mental health problems or having a learning disability which affects their ability to parent the child.
Many of these experiences will have impacted on the children’s development and they may have additional emotional, behavioural and educational needs because of this. Some may also have specific health needs or diagnosed disabilities.