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12.11.13

In life there are good times and bad times. And we all have days when we need a hug. But too many children and young people grow up in foster care or residential homes where they never experience this normal part of family life because their carers worry that any warmth or natural affection they show might be unwelcome, misunderstood – or might even result in a serious allegation.

12.07.13

We Need You

by ANV

Are you aged 16-30?

Are you in Care, or have been in Care in England in the past?

Are you passionate about empowering young people to effect change in services for looked after children?

If you’ve answered yes to all of the above, then you may be just what we need! A National Voice is looking for dedicated young Trustees to join our Board and help to steer the work we do to support young people in and leaving Care in England, and help them to make changes to the services which affect them.

02.07.12

Costs, Cuts and Care

by Harvey Gallagher

Depending on which figures you use, children's social care in England has been hit by something like a 25% cut in the last year. That would have a huge impact even if done in a planned, transparent way based on good evidence. But the pressure is on to cut spending now, today, this year. What I think we've seen for young people in care is that the bad practice that has always been around in some form in a small number of places, and that we don't ever seem able to be able to eradicate completely, is growing again.

26.06.12

In recent weeks there has been, unusually, quite a lot of press coverage about the care system. We have had the concern about the bureaucracy of the adoption system; yet another report from the Fostering Network about the shortage of foster carers, and the distressing case in Rochdale where at least one of the victims appears to have been targeted because of their care status. And there has been a rapid response by the Government with an announcement of legislation on adoption and the Minister announcing a review of children’s homes to ensure they can properly protect children from exploitation.

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