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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CJS Conference

‘Between Care and the Criminal Justice System: Setting the agenda for the next decade’ This event, led by The Care Leavers’ Association (CLA) and with the support of academic partners, will re-visit the position and experience of care leavers within criminal justice settings. Identifying a number of issues which are out of scope in the current discussion, sessions will address the visibility of care leavers in the criminal justice context, the criminalisation of young people in the care system, the issues that present for criminalised adult care leavers across their life course, intersectional understanding of experiences of care and the challenges of disrupting institutional pathways between the care and criminal… Read More

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New Office

The CLA is currently in the process of moving office. We will be based in a temporary office until our new office has been refurbished. This will be finished at the end of July. Please be patient with us as most of the office will remain in boxes until we move. Our new address is The Care Leavers Association, Beehive Mill, Jersey Stret, Manchester M4 6JG

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Stop calling the police

The CLA have been asked to join a working group established by the government to develop a protocol for local authorities and police forces aimed at reducing the criminalisation of children in care. We are facilitating a small group of young care leavers who have experience of being criminalised. We will report back on progress as the work continues.

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Children Bill Success

The Children and Social Work bill is at the final stage – awaiting Royal Assent, having passed all Commons stages. The third reading in the House of Commons took place on 7 March 2017. To read the debates and amendments from all stages visit here. The Care Leavers Association worked alongside other sector charities to campaign for changes to the bill. The key successful outcomes are: Standards for how local authorities should act as a ‘corporate parent’ to support children in care and as they move into adult life. A requirement on local authorities to consult on and publish a ‘local offer’ to care leavers, setting out the services they… Read More

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