Care in the time of Covid

Just wanted to share details about Care in the time of COVID a project for the care experienced community which has just been launched by care leavers at Oxford University. This project explores the day to day lives of care experienced adults in the UK during COVID-19. They would like to know how the care community is coping and what helps them. They want to record their experiences during covid in history. This involves submitting a diary entry and completing a short survey the participants well-being and how they’re coping – which should take no more than 15-20mins to complete. Diaries can be written (200 to 600 words), a video or audio entry (3 to 5 mins), a song, music, spoken word or a poem you have written… Read More

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The CLA reponse to Covid-19

In late March, the CLA – like many other organisations – had to respond rapidly to the Covid-19 pandemic (more details here – https://www.careleavers.com/the-care-leavers-association-and-the-covid-19-pandemic/). Following that period of adjustment, we are now relaunching our public activities. From Wednesday 15th of April we are resuming work on various projects and helping individual care leavers with advice, support and advocacy. Carrie Wilson-Harrop and Darren Coyne will provide advice, support and advocacy to care leavers and those supporting them. Alongside National Director David Graham the team will continue to work to influence national government and local authority policy and practice and in particular ensuring that care leavers are fully supported during and after… Read More

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The Care Leavers Association and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Like everyone else, The CLA has had to respond rapidly to the coronavirus crisis. For the safety of our staff team, The CLA office closed last week. Since most of our various funded projects require frequent interaction with other people, they are currently suspended. However, where we can do so without face-to-face interaction, we will continue with other project work. The staff team are mostly on leave whilst we organise ways to continue our work remotely for the time being. We need to find different ways, consistent with staff safety and wellbeing, to support care leavers. We are conscious that many care leavers now face fresh challenges as a result… Read More

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Government to ban care for 16-18 year olds?

The government has set up a consultation on the use of unregulated accommodation for 16-18 year olds. This comes after an investigation by Newsnight which showed that young people were being placed in appalling conditions and often left to fend for themselves. If a young person is put in a residential placement where they are receiving care then this falls under the scope of a childrens home and is subject to Ofsted regulations. If they do not receive care and instead just receive support, then they can be put into accommodation which is currently unregulated. The consultation outlines options to ban the use of unregulated accommodation for under 18s. However,… Read More

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Letter to Education Secretary

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education, We are writing on behalf of The Care Leavers Association, a user-led charity working to improve the lives of care leavers of all ages and the steering group of The Care Experienced Conference held in Liverpool in April 2019. Both groups are very experienced at listening to care leavers and ensuring that the user-voice is highlighted in key political, social and cultural spaces. Both groups fully support the commitment in the conservative party manifesto for a review of the care system. Whilst some elements of the current care system undoubtedly make a positive difference, there are many aspects… Read More

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Supreme Court Judgement

Landmark judgment rules that Local Authorities can face legal action if they fail to protect vulnerable children Abuse law experts say judgment provides protection for victims and legal clarity for councils A landmark judgment handed down today has ruled that local authorities can be held legally accountable if they fail to protect vulnerable young people and children in their area who are considered to be at risk, regardless of whether they are officially in care. A previous Court of Appeal decision which gave Social Workers exemption from liability in cases where children who are known to social services are harmed was also overruled. In the judgment which was handed down… Read More

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CJS Roundtables

http://www.careleavers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Between-Care-and-the-Criminal-Justice-System-A-Multi-Agency-Round-Table-Discussion.pdf The Care Leavers’ Association (CLA) held a series of Care Leaver Roundtable Events in November 2018 at HMP Hatfield, Wealstun and Humber in Yorkshire & Humberside. We have published the report above, which draws on the views of delegates who attended from across the Yorkshire & Humber region. These roundtables were care leaver led and brought together operational and strategic leads from across the region, with a focus on understanding what the region was able to do in response to care leavers and children looked after who find themselves in criminal justice settings

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Greater Manchester Care Leaver Awards

On 17th October 2017; the RNCM hosted the 5th Annual Greater Manchester Care Leaver Awards – which recognises the amazing achievements of young people who have experience of the care system in Greater Manchester, as well as their supporting parents, carers, families and social workers.  The awards are coordinated by The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, The University of Bolton and The Care Leavers Association; and supported by Greater Manchester Higher. About the care leaver awards: The awards ceremony seeks to recognise that many Care Leavers achieve success despite experiencing very difficult circumstances during their lives. Co-organiser Emma Lewis-Kalubowila, who works for the University of… Read More

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Want to share your experience of a children’s home?

Child Care History Network is planning a conference on Wednesday 1 November at Hinsley Hall in Leeds. The main paper will be by Peter Higginbotham, whose book on children’s homes has just been published.    David Lane will be speaking about the findings of the Northern Ireland Inquiry concerning children’s homes.   They are hoping to have a variety of short inputs (say, 3 x 10 minutes each) from people who have experienced life in children’s homes.   The intention would be to share experiences about what life was really like in homes – neither setting out to pick out the worst practice, nor whitewashing things either. If you are interested in sharing your… Read More

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