SCIE/NICE recommendations on looked after children: Promoting the quality of life of looked-after children and young people

Sibling placements and contact

Evidence suggests that membership of a sibling group is a unique part of the identity of a child or young person and can promote a sense of belonging and promote positive self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. Good management of sibling placement and contact is important to encourage and nurture healthy relationships, and can also help children and young people manage relationships they may find difficult. Siblings can include those who are not looked after and ‘sibling-like’ relationships that develop in a care setting.

Recommendation 15 Support sibling placements

Who should take action?