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Types of placements

Short term

Short term placements are often used by Local Authorities to determine the best way forward for a child or young person. They are also used when a child needs a specific length of time in care i.e. when a parent is ill.

Long term

These placements recognise that a child or young person is in place with carers who are committed to looking after him/her until he can return to birth family or move to independence.


Birth families or Foster Carers need to have a break from time to time, so the children go and stay with other Foster Carers. This may be a regular event or one off.