In this section you will find documents relating to child protection, education, foster care, inspection, the media, residential care, secure care and youth justice.

Documents

pdf Looked-after Children: Volume 1, House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee, 20 April 2009

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HOC 09 Looked After Children Third Report of Session 2008-09 Vol 1 20 Apr 09.pdf

This report investigates the reasons for the apparently poor performance of the care system in England, considers whether the Government's extensive proposals for reform were soundly based and likely to succeed, and to find out whether the Care Matters programme would go far enough in its ambitions for looked-after children. It is Volume 1 of the Third Report of Session 2008-09.

pdf Looked-after Children: Volume 2, House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee, 20 April 2009

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HOC 09 Looked After Children Third Report of Session 2008-09 Vol 2 20 Apr 09.pdf

Oral and written evidence

pdf MANIFESTO | 1000 Voices: Our ambition to create the most caring nation in the world, Who Cares Scotland, October 2016

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WCS 16 1000-Voices- Manifesto 2016.pdf

Who Cares? Scotland's manifesto 1000 Voices calls on the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to listen to care experienced young people and to take action.

pdf MANIFESTO | A new vision (Young People's version), Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, 2015

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ALL15 A new vision YP version 2015.pdf

In A New Vision, the Alliance is calling for a clearer definition of what care is aiming to achieve.The Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers is a coalition of organisations that work to support children in care and care leavers. The group wants a statement in law defining the principal aim of the care system for those children who spend a significant time in care, as promoting psychological healing from past harm, building resilience and achieving well-being. In order to achieve this change a new framework is required to measure how all children and young people are faring in care which can be used to hold local authorities to account.

pdf MANIFESTO | A new vision, Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, 2016

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ALL 16 A new vision 2016.pdf

In A New Vision, the Alliance is calling for a clearer definition of what care is aiming to achieve.The Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers is a coalition of organisations that work to support children in care and care leavers. The group wants a statement in law defining the principal aim of the care system for those children who spend a significant time in care, as promoting psychological healing from past harm, building resilience and achieving well-being. In order to achieve this change a new framework is required to measure how all children and young people are faring in care which can be used to hold local authorities to account.

pdf MANIFESTO | Call to Action: TACT's Manifesto for Children in Care and Care Leavers 2017 - 2020

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TACT 17 Call_to_Action_Manifesto 2017.pdf

TACT's manifesto for June 2017 general election asking policymakers and public servants to bring the needs of children in care and care leavers to the forefront of social policy.

document MANIFESTO | Principles of Care ABSTRACT, The Who Cares? Trust, March 2015

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WCT 15 Principles of Care ABSTRACT MAY 15.docx

This abstract provides details of the Who Cares? Trust's vision for the care system.

pdf MANIFESTO | The 2017 Election Manifestos Policy Pledges and Children in Care and Care Leavers briefing, TACT, 2017

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TACT 17 Manifesto-Briefing-2017.pdf

This briefing looks at the manifesto commitments made by each of the main UK wide political parties on issues pertinent to children in care and care leavers: early years, schools, further education, and children’s services.

pdf MENTORING | Peer Mentoring opportunities for looked after children and care leavers, Scottish Government, 2012

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SCOGOV 12 Peer mentoring opportunities for looked after children and care leavers MAR 12.pdf

This report is based on a project undertaken on behalf of the Improving Outcomes for Looked After Children Team at Scottish Government. The aim was to develop the work undertaken through a pilot project completed by Scottish Borders Council in partnership with GYP Borders (Giving Young people and Families Support) from December 2009 to February 2011.

document My life in care: experiences of non-participation in decision-making processes ABSTRACT, C. Leeson, August 2007

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CFSW 07 My life in care ABSTRACT 2007.docx

This abstract details a paper in Child & Family Social Work which draws on research with four young people, looking at their experiences of involvement in a variety of decision-making processes whilst in the care of the local authority.

document Our Lives Our Care: Looked after children's views on their well-being ABSTRACT, University of Bristol & Coram Voice, 2017

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UoB 17 Our Lives Our Care ABSTRACT 2017.docx

This abstract provides details of a study conducted as part of Coram Voice’s Bright Spots project which aims to improve young people’s care journeys by involving their experiences and opinions.

document Outcomes for children of shorter court decision-making processes: A follow-up study of the Tri-borough care proceedings pilot (Final report) ABSTRACT, University of East Anglia, October 2016

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UEA 16 Outcomes for children ABSTRACT OCT 16.docx

This abstract provides details of a study which investigated what happened to children in the two years after their final court hearing. It examined the impact of shorter family court care proceedings on children found more ended up in stable placements and those still needing one faced less of a wait.

document PARENTHOOD | Looked after children, care leavers and risk of teenage conception; findings from Wales: Summary of a National Response Research Briefing paper #6 ABSTRACT, CASCADE Cardiff University, January 2016

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CAS 16 Briefing paper #6 ABSTRACT JAN 16.docx

This abstract provides details of a short summary communicating key research findings for policy and practice on the risk of teenage conception amongst looked after children and care leavers in Wales.

document PARENTHOOD | Preventing unplanned pregnancy and improving preparation for parenthood for care-experienced young people ABSTRACT, Coram, October 2015

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COR 15 Preventing unplanned pregnancy ABSTRACT OCT 15.docx

This abstract provides details of a review of academic papers and research from 2000 to 2014 undertaken to ascertain how best to improve outcomes of this vulnerable group of young people.

pdf Parents views on care, Children's Rights Director for England, 2008

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CRD 08 Parents views on care 2008.pdf

This report gives parents’ views and concerns about how councils look after their children, about how it feels to have a child in care, and about the support parents do or do not get from social care services for themselves.

pdf Participation in decision making: The experience of New Zealand children in care,

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CCIP 06 ABSTRACT Participation in decision making JUL 06.pdf

Published in Child Care in Practice, Volume 12, Issue 3, July 2006

document PERCEPTIONS | A rapid review of sources of evidence on the views, experiences and perceptions of children in care and care leavers ABSTRACT, Office of the Children's Commissioner, August 2017

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OCC 17 Rapid review ABSTRACT AUG 17.docx

This abstract provides detail which concluded it is possible to build a national overview of the voice of children and young people in care and care leavers based on existing evidence.

document PERCEPTIONS | Perceptions of Care ABSTRACT, Become, June 2017

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WCT 17 Perceptions of Care ABSTRACT JUN 17.docx

This abstract provides details of a report which explores how children in care and young care leavers think other people, including teachers and social workers think about care. It is part of the 5 Nations, 1 Voice project, funded by The Big Lottery Fund. 5 Nations, 1 Voice is a project between five charities across the UK and Ireland including VOYPIC, that are working together to connect and support young people to influence policy and effect change.

pdf PERMANENCE | Understanding Permanence for Looked After Children - A review of research for the Care Inquiry, Janet Boddy, April 2013

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CAREINQ 13 Understanding permanence abstract APR 13.pdf

This abstract details a briefing paper which reviews research relevant to the understanding of permanence for children who are 'looked after' under the auspices of the Children Act 1989.

pdf Placements, decisions and reviews: A children's views report, Children Rights Director, September 2006

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CRD 06 Placements, decisions and reviews 2006.pdf

In this 2006 report, children and young people using care services say they are not asked enough about the key decisions that affect their lives. The children say they should have more information to help them choose a suitable placement, the chance to check out their placement first and the support to change their placement if it does not work.