Final report of the Independent Review of Children's Social Care in England published

The Independent Review of Children's Social Care led by Josh McAllister shared its final report this week. Below, find a summary of the proposals from our learning partner for our Young People Leaving Care funding, alongside a summary of responses from organisations we fund, and the Government's response.

Launched last year, the Independent Review of Children's Social Care was set up to take a fundamental look at the needs, experiences and outcomes of children supported by the care system in England, and what changes are needed to make a real difference. The report calls for a 'fundamental reset in children’s social care’ by placing lifelong loving relationships at the heart of the care system, and shares nine proposals.

Our learning partner for our Young People Leaving Care funding, Janet Grauberg, has written a quick overview of the report for organisations we fund.

As well as a summary of the report's proposals, there is more detail on the report's recommendations for care experienced young people alongside a summary of the Government's immediate response.

Responses from the sector

Below, find links to responses from organisations we support:

  • Article 39: they fight for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions in England.
  • Become: the national charity for children in care and young care leavers.
  • Coram: they support children and young people from birth to independence, creating a change that lasts a lifetime.
  • Drive Forward Foundation: they work to enable care-experienced young people to achieve their full potential through sustainable and fulfilling employment.
  • Family Rights Group: they promote policies and practices that keep children safe within their family and strengthen the family and community networks of those children who cannot live at home.
  • Just for Kids Law: they work with and for young people to ensure their legal rights are respected and promoted, and their voices heard and valued.
  • Kinship: the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales.
  • National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum: hosted by Catch22, the NLCBF is a network of 129 local authorities promoting the development of quality leaving care services to enrich outcomes for our nation’s care leavers.
  • NNECL: the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers.

We will continue to update this page with links to responses from organisations we support.

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