Children and Social Work Bill – gains and serious threats

New legislation concerning children’s social care rights was introduced into Parliament last week. Debate and scrutiny starts in the Lords on 14 June. Many aspects of the Children and Social Work Bill, once enacted, will have a direct effect on children living in institutions, and care leavers. Below we summarise key elements, and highlight the … Read more

Who makes you happy? National writing competition!

Coram Voice is running an exciting national writing competition for children and young people in care, and care leavers. Submissions will be judged in three separate categories: primary age, secondary age and care leavers. You can write up to 1,000 words and enter three separate pieces, on the subject of: Who makes you happy? There … Read more

Central government must listen more to care leavers

In a review of support and services offered to care leavers, the National Audit Office (NAO) urges the government to “do more to listen to care leavers and hear their suggestions for improving services”. Praising the work of the Office of Children’s Commissioner and local authorities like Derbyshire County Council, the NAO says not enough … Read more

1 in 5 children in care and care leavers has used an advocate

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has published its first ‘State of the Nation’ report, which gives the results of its national survey with children in care and care leavers. One aspect of the survey focuses on children and young people’s knowledge and use of independent advocates. These are individuals working independently of … Read more