Final report and recommendation will be published in Spring 2013
The Care Inquiry has held the third and final session in London. The Care Inquiry is a collaboration of specialist charities representing care options for children comprising Adoption UK, British Association of Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), Family Rights Group, the Fostering Network, Research in Practice, TACT, The Together Trust and The Who Cares?
The aim of the Inquiry, which is supported by the Nuffield Foundation, is to collect and explore the evidence on what actually works for children, in order to make recommendations to central and local government about how to succeed in helping them achieve long-term stability and security.
The final session follows two previous evidence sessions in November and December, a Parliamentary briefing and a consultation with young people with experience of care in December.
Some of the key issues highlighted in sessions one and two included giving children choice; the quality of practice; the significance of relationships and stability; the relationship to the birth family and the need for support as young people reach adulthood.
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network and chair of the Care Inquiry steering group, said before the final session:
“We have heard where the care system is failing, but as importantly, we have heard where it is working and has changed lives exponentially.
“This third session of the Care Inquiry will consider how best to improve the current system to ensure that care works for more children, more of the time, so that we make recommendations that will be beneficial to all children and young people who are unable, temporarily or permanently, to live with their parents.”
The final report of the Care Inquiry, and its recommendations, will be published in spring 2013.