Stigmas attached to different areas, says Cardiff care leaver

Children living in Wales' most deprived areas are 16 times more likely to go into care than those living in the most affluent areas, new research has found.

The Child Welfare Inequalities Project also found one in 60 children is in care in England's most deprived areas, compared with one in 660 in the least deprived.

Michael Ali, 22, from Cardiff and who grew up in foster care, said it was not until he went to secondary school when he realised there were "different stigmas attached to different areas."

Council leaders in Wales have said discussions were ongoing about how children and families could be supported in Wales.

The UK Department for Education has said it was changing the law to help vulnerable children and providing extra funding to tackle inequality in communities in England.

The Welsh Government said the lead researchers had been invited to present their findings to an advisory panel to help inform its policies.

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