Is it time for all policy to consider the needs of care leavers?

Posted on July 20, 2021 by Christine Garrington Every policy should take into account the needs of care-leavers, participants at the launch of a major new research report on outcomes from a childhood in care were told. The Nuffield Foundation funded study, which pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge by looking at what happens inContinue reading “Is it time for all policy to consider the needs of care leavers?”

“Could an Increased Focus on Identity Development in the Provision of Children’s Services Help Shape Positive Outcomes for Care Leavers?”

A Literature Review: Child Care in Practice: Vol 24, No 1, Published online: 16 Aug 2016, Lara Ferguson “Children’s Services in this review is taken to mean all agencies involved in the provision of services to children and young people in and leaving care. Although outcomes for children in care have improved in recent years,Continue reading ““Could an Increased Focus on Identity Development in the Provision of Children’s Services Help Shape Positive Outcomes for Care Leavers?””

It seems our government has decided some children don’t need care

New regulations aim to give better support to children in care. But, writes Carolyne Willow, it appears that support ends at 16. A year ago this week, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, responded to a letter from the coroner who investigated the death of 17 year-old Jacob Bates. Jacob was one ofContinue reading “It seems our government has decided some children don’t need care”

Connectedness, Belonging and Children’s Homes to 21

Forum Member, Jonathan Stanley, 16/04/2014 Research consistently shows that leaving care before a young person is ready for independence tends to lead to poor outcomes. “Readiness” is the ability of looked after young people and care leavers to care effectively for themselves, and it covers a range of important, developmental areas: secure, positive social &Continue reading “Connectedness, Belonging and Children’s Homes to 21”

How to Engage Care Leavers in Care Reform

This guidance was developed by 25 Kenyan care leavers for anyone wanting to engage, collaborate or advocate for care leavers. This guidance is written for anyone who engages with care leavers about care reform. The overarching goal is that anyone involved in care reform finds useful messages and materials within these pages and will beContinue reading “How to Engage Care Leavers in Care Reform”

I tried to track down all the friends I grew up with in care – here’s what I found

Fifteen years after leaving the care system, almost everyone I knew then was reluctant to talk. Why had so many of them struggled or fallen off the map? Daniel Lavelle Tue 22 May 2018 When Lucy and I meet in the food court at the Arndale Centre in Manchester, it is the first time IContinue reading “I tried to track down all the friends I grew up with in care – here’s what I found”