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Scrutiny into 16 Plus care options begins

23 April 2014

The Education Committee begins its inquiry into 16 Plus Care Options on Wednesday 30 April 2014.

Witnesses

Wednesday 30 April 2014, The Wilson room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Ben Ashcroft, author of 51 Moves
  • Marie Tucker, independent consultant, specialising in commissioning for children in care.
  • Professor Mike Stein, Social Policy Research Unit, York University
  • Natasha Finlayson, Chief Executive, The Who Cares? Trust

At 10.30am

  • Jonathan Stanley, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Children’s Home Association
  • Andrew Christie, Tri-borough Executive Director of Children’s Services, ACDS
  • Sally Morris, Executive Director, Young People and Families, Catch 22
  • Denise Hatton, National Secretary and Chief Executive, YMCA England

Timings are approximate.

Purpose of the session

This is the first session in the Committee’s short inquiry into accommodation options for young people over the age of 16 in care.  The first panel represents organisations that work with, or advocate for, young people in care, and academics and social care professionals who specialise in the subject of children in or leaving care. The second panel represents local authorities and those providing accommodation and care for looked after 16- and 17-year-olds and supporting them beyond the age of 18.

Issues explored include the types of accommodation provided for young people aged 16 and 17 who are looked after by local authorities and whether the Government’s announcement to extend local authorities’ duties to support young people wishing to stay with foster carers until the age of 21 should apply to those in residential children’s homes or alternative accommodation.

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Further information

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