Break responds to Independent Care Review

23 May 2022

Last week, the government published the findings of an independent review of social care setting out a commitment to ‘major reforms to improve the lives of England’s most vulnerable children and families’.

A new National Implementation Board will be set up to help deliver the recommendations of the report, with a focus on recruiting more foster carers, increasing support for social workers, use data and evidence more widely with the mission to ensure all children and young people have loving relationships, a quality education, a decent home, fulfilling work and good health.

In response to the review, Rachel Leslie, Director of Care at Break said:

“Right now, we know that the system is not delivering what it should be for the young people it cares for. We are at a cross roads, and, if this review is followed with the right investment and commitment from all involved, there is an incredible opportunity to make a monumental change that means every child is given a chance of the future they deserve.

“There’s so much for us within the review that rings true. We love that the word love is used – we absolutely agree that every young person has a right to feel loved. We also firmly believe that forming lifelong relationships is fundamental, along with the need for reforming the way support ends at 18 and bringing education closer to the care the system provides.

“But there’s a huge mountain to climb. If the review is to be successful then the narrative about ‘being in care’ or ‘having care experience’ must be changed, the stigma that impacts the people we support must be reduced and there’s significant strides to be taken to make sure that the workforce in this sector is strong and stable.”

“We look forward to seeing the continued commitment and investment into this review by the government.”

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