Mediocre care system continues to fail at risk children

Thousands of children in care moved every week.

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New research indicates that more than a thousand children in foster care are transferred every week, prompting council officials to demanda complete overhaul of children’s social care systems.

According to a recent report published by the charity Coram Voice and The Rees Centre at the University of Oxford, care arrangements for children have changed over a quarter of a million times over the past four years.

The research, which analysed the replies of over 10,000 children in care in England over the past five years, also revealed that two out of every three young people were placed in care due to abuse or neglect.

The absence of consistency makes youngsters in care feel frightened, according to the findings of the study.

They also discovered that frequent relocation eroded the children’s confidence in social workers.

The study by Coram Voice and The Rees Centre at the University of Oxford was issued one month after the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care advocated for a system reset.

It also coincides with a demonstration by more than a hundred young people with experience in foster care pushing for reform before Parliament today.

Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Become, Coram Voice, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC, and The Children’s Society support the “It’s Our Care” Day of Action.

Brigid Robinson, managing director of Coram Voice, said: ‘Every child and young person deserves to feel safe and settled where they live, and as our research shows, this is crucial to their wellbeing and relationships.

“Far too often we hear from children and young people being moved from place to place, denied a say about where they want to live, and left unable to trust the adults responsible for their care.

‘Today’s Our Care Day of Action is a vital opportunity to put young people’s voices at the heart of care reform, and hear first-hand what needs to change to ensure care works for all the children and young people who need it.

“We call for the investment and urgent action needed to make this change happen, so that every child and young person can be supported to thrive in life.”

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