Alliance for Children in Care

We are calling for a fundamental shift in supporting children and young people in care to recover from the trauma of abuse and neglect.

Action for Children is a member of the Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers. 

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The Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers calls for a clearer framework on what care should be aiming for, and for the gaps in the system to be addressed. We would like to see:

  1. A statement in law that the principal aim of the care system for children and young people who remain in care is to achieve recovery and healing from past harm, and promote resilience and emotional wellbeing.
  2. A new child-led outcomes framework for looked after children so that meeting the principal aim is properly assessed and judged. Read our report on promoting children in care’s emotional wellbeing and recovery from trauma through a child-centred outcomes framework.

These specific measures would support improvements in the system where they are most needed.

The Alliance is calling for:

  • Greater support and training for primary carers and key workers in children’s homes - so they can help children overcome past experiences and build positive relationships.
  • Mechanisms for assessing the quality of care from the child’s perspective - and accountability when a placement doesn’t work for them.
  • Measurement of children’s wellbeing and progress throughout their care experience - rather than one-off outcomes, so we understand when children are doing well and when they need more support.
  • Care that meets the day-to-day emotional needs of children - but with timely access to specialist mental health support if needed.
  • Continued support when young people leave care - so they are not expected to become independent earlier than their peers.

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