WillisPalmer launches Remote Assessment Service

WillisPalmer have launched a Remote Assessment Service to deliver social work assessments safely during COVID pandemic.

Read more
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

All looked-after children should have right to stay in care until 21...

All looked-after young people should have the right to stay in care until they are 21, while using bed and breakfast accommodation to house care leavers should be banned. No young adults should be forced to leave care before 21 and only be provided with regulated accommodation, says education committee

These are two of the recommendations made by the education committee, which today published a report – “Into Independence: Not Out of Care” - on the options for looked-after young people aged 16 and over.

If enforced, the MPs’ recommendations would mean no young adults were forced to leave care before they turn 21 and only be provided with regulated accommodation.

This would extend the current ‘Staying Put’ policy to young people living in children’s homes, rather than applying to just those in foster care.

“Young people living in residential care homes are often the most vulnerable and should have the right to remain there beyond the age of 18,” the report stated.

Committee chair Graham Stuart said: “Looked-after young people moving towards adulthood deserve a well-supported transition to independence, rather than an abrupt push out of care.”

The report sets out steps the government must take if ministers are to improve care options for young people over 16, and urged the Department for Education (DfE) to “urgently” consult with councils to arrange a suitable time frame for an outright ban on B&Bs.

Full Story courtesy of Community Care

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Education secretary acted unlawfully by failing to consult over care legislation during COVID

24/11/2020

Education secretary Gavin Williamson acted unlawfully by failing to consult with children’s rights organisations ahead of introducing changes to legal protections for children in care, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Gavin Williamson acted lawfully by in failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before making “substantial and wide-ranging” changes [...]

Read Full Story

COVID has devastating impact on children’s rights

24/11/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on children’s rights, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned.

In its latest report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the commission has expressed significant concerns about how the pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities with key concerns including more children being [...]

Read Full Story

Leap in children being home educated

24/11/2020

There has been a rise of almost 40 per cent in the number of children being electively home educated, The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has revealed.

The annual survey of local authorities to look rates of children being home schooled found that the most common reason cited by parents or carers for electing to [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us
closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram