The aim of this book is to explore the issues and challenges facing children and young people who have experience of the care system. Its focus is on young persons’ experiences of care looking at the professional systems, skills and knowledge required to work effectively with young people. We draw on social history, social theory, law and psycho-social theory in attempting to shed light on the operation and outcomes of the care system. The book aims to be comprehensive in examining the full scale of the system – from prevention via the exploration of differing care placements through to routes out of care. Whilst both the authors are grounded in the English care system, wherever possible international material will be drawn on, with a global perspective provided in Chapter 8. Each chapter commences with a direct quote taken from young people interviewed for a recent project undertaken by one of the authors.