People who spent time in care as children are almost twice as likely to die prematurely than those who did not, stark new research reveals.

Researchers at University College London tracked more than 350,000 people using official government data between 1971 and 2013. They found that the likelihood of dying earlier among those who had been in care increased over time, contrary to the general population which, during the same period, experienced a decline in mortality risk.

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