Consultation on improving support for children in care – Improving Permanence for Looked After Children

The Department of Education has recently released an Improving Permanence for Looked After Children  consultation document asking for people’s views on Improving Permanence for Looked After Children. The government consultation provided foster carers with the opportunity to comment on changes designed to improve support for children in care.

The document explored “a range of proposals to strengthen the team around the looked after child, improve the status, security and stability of long term foster care and to strengthen the requirements for returning children home from care.”

The proposals have been developed following discussions with expert groups including representatives from various national organisations, academics, local authority managers and foster carers.

The document covers four main areas:

  • • Strengthening the team around the looked after child
  • • Securing permanence for looked after children
  • • Improving the status, security and stability of long term foster care
  • • Strengthening the requirements for returning children home from care

The consultation asked for comments on any other areas that should be considered and want and how they might impact the four areas mentioned above. The Department for Education will use the results of the consultation to help make changes to the statutory guidance and national minimum standards.

They will also consult a range of stakeholders, including the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, the Local Government Association, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, Coram, the Fostering Network, the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers, The Who? Cares Trust, the Family Rights Group, the NSPCC, Ofsted and working groups including foster carers and other front line practitioners.

More information
To read more about the changes, download the Improving Permanence for Looked After Children consultation document.

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