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Sophie, Ben, Liam & Andrew, aged 7, 6, 5 & 3

Ethnicity: White British

Sophie Ben, Liam and Andrew are half siblings who became looked after due to neglect and their mother’s lifestyle. The children have close attachments to each other and wish to stay together in an adoptive placement with a Mum & Dad. Sophie, Ben, Liam and Andrew have a strong bond to each other and all need to be placed together.

Sophie being the eldest has experienced the most neglect. Sophie has been examined on a number of occasions for unexplained injuries and her early years were characterised by constant house moves that were interspersed with periods in women’s refuges, Guesthouses and short-term foster placements. Despite her background Sophie presents as a happy child who loves school and responds to the structure that it provides. She is currently placed with her brother and the children see their younger siblings every week. Sophie is very close to her brothers and needs the reassurance from experienced carers that she does not have to be their carer anymore. Sophie likes to draw and colour in and her carers says he likes to do things and be busy. Sophie likes to be active and is just learning to swim. She loves to ride her bike and loves dressing up. Sophie likes watching DVD’s such as ‘Lassie’ or listening to music. Her favourite food is curry and rice, and she loves McDonald’s milkshake!

Ben is a bright and friendly little boy who really wants a Dad to be part of his life. Because of this Ben tends to be over affectionate with men but he is responding to his carers careful management of this. Ben has also suffered from his mothers neglect, and badly burnt his foot on one occasion. He has no long-term affects from this but like Sophie he has sometimes had to care for himself and his younger siblings, and thrives on the security that structure and boundaries provide. Ben is doing well at school and is described as popular. He likes football and is a real character who likes to dress up as a ‘Power Ranger’ and ‘Spiderman’. He loves to play with his pirate ship. He is a good eater and his favourite food is sausages and Yorkshire pudding.

Liam is currently in foster placement with Andrew. Liam’s carer describes him as a happy child who also likes structure in the day and enjoys his afternoons in school. Liam sleeps through the night and likes to be up and around at 6am with Andrew and they always ask if they can play until 6.30am. He needs plenty of activities to keep him occupied and has a good appetite. His carer says Liam will eat anything and loves Sunday dinners. He is very active and goes swimming with his carer most weeks. Liam likes to ‘push in’ if Andrew is getting more attention and he and Andrew will fight sometimes. Because of the lack of stimulation in his background Liam is only now learning play skills, however he is responding and loves the attention that his current carers provide for him. His favourite activity is playing in the garden in his wellies

Andrew (age 3) is described as an exceptionally loving child who can be quite attention seeking, particularly when Liam is around. He attends a pre-school group at the moment where he is doing well. Andrew is a good eater but tends to prefer fruit to vegetables, however he says his favourite food is beans and sausage. He is an active child, who likes to be outdoors and is learning to swim. Andrew is also just learning how to play. Andrew sleeps through the night and responds well to the family routines in the morning. Andrew still wears a nappy at night, although he manages well through the day.