The majority of people do not understand why children are taken into care, a study has revealed.
Research firm YouGov polled 2,105 representative adults across the country, in a survey to mark the first ever awareness-raising Big Adoption Day. The majority of respondents underestimated the significance of neglect and abuse in the lives of children in the care system. Only two out of five respondents correctly assessed the proportion of youngsters who had been affected by these (70 per cent).
Meanwhile, two in five believed that one of the key reasons for children going into care was the absence of parents but in fact this is one of the least common reasons, the charity Coram reports.
In addition, a quarter of the respondents underestimated the number of children taken into care by as much as half – putting the figure at 2,500 rather than the actual 5,330.
Coram Policy Director John Simmonds OBE said:
“5,330 children were adopted from care in the year to March 2015 – a relatively small number when compared to the total of 31,100 children who left care. But for those children and their adopters this will have been a profound life-changing decision made by local authorities, the courts and adoption agencies.”
“The survey indicates that the general public still underestimate the numbers and the circumstances of these children and the reasons why they are adopted – mostly serious abuse and neglect. Where this discourages potential adopters from coming forward to explore what adoption might have to offer them and any child they might go on to adopt, this is concerning.”
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