CARE

The shame and stigma of spending your teens in bad homes wrecks your self-worth and stays with you for years. It shouldn’t have to, writes Mija Valdez.
Dear Chancellor I welcome media reports that you are planning to make intergenerational fairness a key theme of your Budget
The Prime Minister in her conference address this week would be prudent to return to the theme of fairness. It struck a chord with people in the early days of her premiership when she first addressed the country outside of Downing Street.
Adoptees now live in a world that is connected like never before through social media. The time and effort that tracing family members created a buffer and time to think and reflect. Now, connections can be made with the tap of the finger in seconds in an impulse. Many children are looking to join the dots of their lives and be connected to some of the key people in their life stories.
There is a need for an honest debate about what it means to promote independence in this climate. But over and above this, I think the survey responses demonstrate just how incredibly hard it is to sustain the good intentions of the Care Act at a time of such acute funding distress in many local areas. And that is something we all need to worry about.
The co-location of care for young and old makes sense in so many ways. As nurseries and care homes struggle to avoid closure, there are rays of hope on the horizon. Here is a model of care that works for all generations.
Supported accommodation means something different to everyone, often because the support is designed around the needs of the individual. For a start, you can forget the old-fashioned image of a home where people eat at the same time every day, rarely leave the grounds and have little or no need to do their own shopping.
As summer ends, the news is of children's nurseries and older people's care homes facing closure. The reason is simple - state