In early 2021, we were delighted to be asked to contribute to a report compiled by The Centre for Social Justice, Safely Reducing the Number of Children Going into Care.
This report focuses on the failings of the current children’s care system, the poor outcomes for children in care and the alarming increase in the number of children entering the care system – an increase of 3% in the last year.
Importantly, the report also provides potential solutions, focusing on impact of relationships and recommending that the care system should be structured in such a way that continuous stable relationships, both within the family and with professionals, can be encouraged.
Within the report, CFAB’s CEO Carolyn Housman points out that there are currently 18,000 Looked After Children in England and Wales who may have family members abroad who could – and should – be explored as options for their long-term care. The report highlights CFAB’s Freedom of Information request which demonstrated that over half of the local authorities in England and Wales had not considered family overseas as a care option for children between 2015 - 2017. Given the high number of children in England with family overseas, and to improve the chances of future family reunification, CFAB has launched a campaign – Safe, Secure and Thriving – which calls for improved data on the number of children in care who have family abroad, on the number of placements of children from care with family abroad, and on the outcomes for these placements.
To find out more and read the report, click here.
To find out more about CFAB’s Safe, Secure and Thriving campaign, click here.