Previously looked after children

1. Overview

Children are known as previously looked after if they have been placed straight from state care:

  • with adoptive parents;
  • on a special guardianship order; or
  • on a child arrangement order.

This includes children adopted from state care outside England and Wales.

State care is care provided by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other organisation whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

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