Ambitions for Care Experienced young people and adults

Stuart Carlton reflects on a meeting with Ian Dickson – a retired social worker, Ofsted inspector, residential manager, and children’s rights advocate

Support and preparation for life

Firstly, time in care should be focused on always preparing for what lies ahead. Preparation for independence needs to be funded to include very practical preparations for when young people live more independently.

Most children in families stay within them for many years after the age of 18 and we need to create and fund the same opportunities for children who are in care for many more years than we do currently. This is harder with residential care which needs to be local and incentivised to create lasting relationships and connections, and the use of semi-independent accommodation should ideally only be used when young adults are ready and can be properly supported to cope on their own, with workable back-up plans.

Support for care experienced people should last for as long as needed, with no end date. This should be relationally focused to mend and repair relationships for life, where possible, whilst recognising the family and children trauma that has occurred. Relationships, networks, and support should be of central importance.

Read the blog in full it covers...

  • Continued access to education
  • Housing available with support
  • Employment support
  • Enhanced health access
  • Co-ordinated support

ADCS Source: Ambitions for Care Experienced young people and adults | ADCS

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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