Supporting care-experienced parents


This project aims to challenge stigma, discrimination and poor outcomes for young parents in and leaving care.  The project will work closely with young people and other key stakeholders to consider and promote good practice for parents in and leaving care.

Activities and Methods

Phase 1: Development of a good practice charter through consultation and co-production with care experienced young people, policy makers, professionals and academics.

Phase 2: Production of good practice charter, together with a range of accessible and engaging related materials (e.g. summary films and posters).

Phase 3: Promotion and awareness raising activities designed to secure commitment to the #MessagestoCorporateParents campaign within and outside Wales.


The charter and a range of supporting resources can be viewed via:

Lead Person

Principal Investigator Dr Louise Roberts

Academic Staff

Academic Staff Rachael Vaughan
Academic StaffDawn Manny
Related partnersVoices from Care Cymru, TGP Cymru, NYAS
Related publicationsRoberts, L. 2021. The children of looked after children: outcomes, experiences and ensuring meaningful support to young parents in and leaving care. Policy Press.

Roberts, L., Maxwell, N. and Elliott, M. 2019. When young people in and leaving state care become parents: What happens and why?. Children and Youth Services Review 104, pp. 104387. (10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104387)

Roberts, L. 2019. ‘A family of my own’: When Young People in and Leaving State Care become Parents in Wales. In: Mannay, D., Rees, A. and Roberts, L. eds. 2019. Children and young people ‘looked after’? Education, intervention and the everyday culture of care in Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

Roberts, al. 2018. Sexual health outcomes for young people in state care: Cross-sectional analysis of a national survey and views of social care professionals in Wales. Children and Youth Services Review 89, pp. 281-288. (10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.04.044)

Roberts, al. 2017. Care-leavers and their children placed for adoption. Children and Youth Services  Review 79, pp. 355-361. (10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.06.030)

Roberts, L. 2017. A small-scale qualitative scoping study into the experiences of looked after children and care leavers who are parents in Wales. Child & Family Social Work 22(3), pp. 1274-1282. (10.1111/cfs.12344)
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