From Growing Up In Care To Becoming A Social Worker – With The Right Support The Future For Care Leavers Can Be Bright
At the age of five, I was taken into care. At that moment, I was labelled a looked-after child and the state became my parent
Labour calls one-in-seven leaving a 'national scandal'.
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.
We learn new school runs and hitherto unknown neighbourhoods become focal points in our lives. Our weekends are punctuated by social events with families who were strangers to us until a few weeks ago.
This is not a post I ever thought I'd write. These are not words I ever expected to express with genuine conviction. These
But if cases like that of Keegan Downer and Daniel Pelka will teach us anything, it is that the general public are as responsible as so-called professionals when it comes to keeping children safe.
Above all, be ambitious. Be as ambitious for children and young people in care as you would be for your own. Map the route from broken family home to high achievement in business, academia and the arts, and make recommendations that will bulldoze the road blocks along the way. Now that would be an inquiry worth waiting for.
In an historic moment for the child fostering sector - and urged on by the Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP - foster care workers have voted to unionise and launch their own branch of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain Union (IWGB). The decision was taken at a packed meeting of foster care workers at Parliament on Monday 19th September.
There will always be a need for new foster carers and we ought to look at that positively, every child and teenager is different, they deserve a truly broad and diverse range of carers to be matched with in order to give them the best chance of a good outcome in care and achieving success in their lives.
We have said goodbye to our family social worker, who has retired after a long and distinguished career with the county council. She has been with us since we became foster carers some years ago, and has been at our side through thick and thin.