Unregulated provision – public consultation will be “fundamentally flawed” without meaningful consultation with children and young people

The Department for Education is undertaking a consultation on unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers. The original deadline was 8 April 2020. Since we are in the middle of a global pandemic, 91 organisations and individuals wrote to Children’s Minister Vicky Ford MP asking her to postpone the consultation. The consultation was … Read more

Government’s plans for children in care seriously disappointing

The Department for Education has today announced a public consultation on its plans for children in care who are placed in unregulated accommodation by local authorities. Staff who work in such accommodation are not legally permitted to provide care to children; they may only provide support. Government proposals include: A ban on under 16 year-olds … Read more

Children in care in “other arrangements”

Serious concerns about children in care living in unsafe and unsuitable accommodation are growing after BBC Newsnight recently reported over 5,000 teenagers are living in unregulated accommodation – up 70% from a decade ago. Several police forces were cited in the programme as having provided alarming evidence to a parliamentary group – of children in … Read more