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Independent review of Children’s Social Care ‘to address poor outcomes for children in care'

21/01/2021

Author: Hayley Mortlock

Child Law

Hayley Mortlock Children Disputes Solicitor Norwich

Hayley Mortlock Children Disputes Solicitor, Hatch Brenner, Norwich

Education Secretary launches independent review of Children’s Social Care ‘to address poor outcomes for children in care as well as strengthening families to improve vulnerable children’s lives’.

On the 15 January 2021, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson launched an independent review of children's social care which aims 'to raise the bar' for vulnerable children across the country.

The Education Secretary has appointed a former teacher, Mr MacAlister, who founded the social work charity ‘Frontline’ in 2013 to lead the independent review. Mr MacAlister has launched a 'Call for Advice' to help shape the early work of the review and invited applications for an 'Experts by Experience' group to advise him on how to include the voices and experiences of children, young people or adults who have been looked after, or who have received help or support from a social worker.

It is intended that the review will reshape how children interact with the care system, looking at the process from referral, through to becoming looked after. It will also address major challenges such as the increase in numbers of looked after children, the inconsistencies in children's social care practice, outcomes across the country, and the failure of the system to provide enough stable homes for children.

The Review will address the need for change that supports children to achieve their potential. Children who have been in care comprise 25% of the homeless and 24% of the prison population. Over a third of care leavers (39%) are not in education, employment or training, compared to 13% of all 19-21-year-olds and just 13% progressed to Higher Education by the age of 19 compared to 43% of all other pupils.

Hayley Mortlock is a Child Law Solicitor at Hatch Brenner Solicitors based in Norwich. She comments: “We at Hatch Brenner are pleased to see that an independent review is being undertaken, and that time and money is now being invested to look at the care system given the number of looked after children there now are within this country.”

Read the full announcement at: https://www.gov.uk/government/...

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