16 Plus Care Options

Inquiry Status: Closed - Report and Government Response published.

The Government recently announced a new legal duty on local authorities to support financially every care leaver who wants to stay with their foster parents until their 21st birthday.

This new legal duty does not apply to young people living in residential children’s homes or those placed in alternative types of accommodation.  It is this issue, along with the suitability, safety and regulatory nature of alternative accommodation provided, that the inquiry will investigate.



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  • 14 May 2014 - 16 plus care options - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF270 KB) HC 259 | Published 15 May 2014

    Evidence given by Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

  • 30 Apr 2014 - 16 plus care options - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF407 KB) HC 259 | Published 02 May 2014

    Evidence given by Ben Ashcroft, Author of 51 Moves, Care leaver and member of the Every Child Leaving Care Matters campaign group, Natasha Finlayson, Chief Executive, The Who Cares? Trust, Professor Mike Stein, Social Policy Research Unit, York University, and Marie Tucker, Independent Consultant;Denise Hatton, National Secretary and Chief Executive, YMCA England, Jonathan Stanley, Chief Executive Officer, the Independent Children’s Homes Association, Andrew Christie, Tri Borough Executive Director of Children’s Services, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, and Sally Morris, Director of Young People and Families, Catch22

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