Children in Alternative Care: National Surveys 2nd edition

Eurochild Secretariat

In 2009 Eurochild carried out a survey of the situation of children in alternative care in Europe through its member organisations. The survey requested information on the numbers of children in alternative care including residential, community and family-based care; the profiles of children in care; the outcomes for children in care; the institutional framework and availability of data; and the existence of standards and support for children‘s participation. 30 European countries participated, including the 4 nations of the UK and Moldova. The survey was not intended as a scientifically rigorous research exercise but rather to identify what information is readily available and to note some common trends across Europe.