Social workers and other professionals need to do more to help looked-after children achieve their potential, and to diminish the ‘stigma’ of being in care, research has found. The report, Perceptions of Care, by the Become charity for children in care and care leavers, was based on surveys and focus groups with 170 young people. Forty-four per cent of participants said they thought social workers “were not ambitious” for children and care leavers, while 35% said they believed social workers thought children in care are not as clever as other children.

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