Proximity to Home

Young people placed near their home communities are better able to maintain important ties with family, friends and their communities. Distance to home is a simple indicator of the residential system’s ability to support these ties. When a young person has been in multiple placements use the average distance relative to the time spent in each placement.

Data Source

Timeframe for reporting

Examples from other jurisdictions


Within one year

Percent of all children looked after living more than 20 miles from their Local Authority boundary (UK Government, 2015: See Paragraph 33 and Chart 5)

Distance in miles between a child’s removal address and placement address at 12 months (California Child Welfare Indicators Project, 2016)