Leading figures from children’s organisations questioned

13 October 2017

The Education Committee resumes its fostering inquiry from the previous Parliament. 

Purpose of the session

The session focuses on the issue of placement stability and the appropriate matching of young people to foster carers, and will also discuss the different structural and delivery models which local authorities are currently implementing to deliver their children’s services.

Witnesses include leading figures from children’s organisations, organisations supporting foster carers and young people in care, and representatives of services which structure and deliver children’s services.

The inquiry

The inquiry was launched by the previous Education Committee in October 2016, and has previously covered issues including the capacity of the foster care system, working conditions for foster carers, and the roles and relationships of local authority and independent foster care providers.


Tuesday 17 October, 2017, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

  • Christina Brandi, Fostering Service Manager, Action for Children
  • Tay Jiva, Adoption and Fostering Manager, Penny Appeal
  • Alison Michalska, President, Association of Directors of Children’s Services
  • Dr John Simmonds OBE, Director of Policy, Research and Development, Coram BAAF

At 10.45am

  • Mark Douglas, Chief Operating Officer, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust
  • Andy Elvin, Chief Executive, The Adolescent and Children’s Trust
  • Professor Ray Jones, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London
  • Steve Miley, Director of Children’s Services, Hammersmith and Fulham Council

All evidence submitted to this inquiry under the previous Committee, along with video recordings and transcripts of previous evidence sessions, can be foundFurther information

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