This study investigated the feasibility of conducting a longitudinal study on children in care or children leaving
care within the Irish context. Specific objectives of this research included analysing the benefits and risks of a
longitudinal study of young people leaving care as a stand-alone study compared to a study of young people
currently in care or leaving care; systematically examining the technical, methodological and value for money
barriers and enablers for conducting such a study; reviewing the policies and practices underpinning such
longitudinal studies; analysing how a longitudinal study of children in care / leaving care in Ireland links with
longitudinal studies of the general population and developing recommendations including costing to support future tendering options.