Action for Children response to Education Committee fostering report

Posted by Media team / Friday 22 December 2017 / Press release
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Leading children’s charity Action for Children responds to the House of Commons Education Select Committee’s latest inquiry into fostering in England.

Young ambassadors at the charity, Connor, 14, and Rachel, 17, helped shape this report by sharing their experiences of being in care with MPs at the committee hearing in November. See BBC News article here.

Eleanor Briggs, head of policy and research at Action for Children, said: “Today’s report provides an important step forward in understanding how our pressurised care system could better fulfil its promise to support and protect the most vulnerable children and young people in England.

“We particularly welcome the Committee’s emphasis on amplifying and acting on young people’s views when decisions are being made about their care. As the report highlights, it’s crucial there is consistency when it comes to applying Government guidelines related to the involvement of young people in their care. This is particularly important when providing young people with access to advocacy and in preventing placement breakdown.

 

Where placements do come to an end, it’s vital that ‘moves’ are managed as carefully as possible. Young people like Connor and Rachel have expressed how disruptive placement moves can be, especially if they are given no time to prepare emotionally.
Eleanor Briggs, Head of Policy and Research - Action for Children

“Through our extensive practice in this area, we know that providing stability and working to maintain relationships with the important people in looked after children and young people’s lives – whether birth family, former carers, social workers or favourite teachers – is essential if they are to feel safe and in control. This extends to young people preparing to leave care, and we would echo the Committee’s call to improve the funding and promotion of the ‘Staying Put’ guidance, so that more care leavers can stay with their former foster carers without worry.

“We urge the Government to listen to the voices and experiences of the young people and children in care as well as existing carers who live and breathe foster placements to ensure they are central to the decision-making which ultimately shapes their lives.”

Notes to editor:

For more information or for interviews please contact, Emma Marshall at Action for Children on 07875 399995 or email [email protected]. For out of hours enquiries please call 07802 806 679.

 

 

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