Looked after children and young people in the news
There is lots in the news today about looked after children and there has been for several months following the Rochdale case. There has been a particular focus on care homes and how safe they are for children and young people.
Today has seen the release of some initial findings of a report by the Deputy Children's Commissioner and former Chair of YoungMinds Sue Berolowitz into the children and their sexual exploitation by gangs and groups.
This has led the Government to announce a working group to examine:
- why some local authorities send children to homes outside their own borough
- whether such placements can meet children's needs
- how well the quality of care is monitored
- whether areas such as Rochdale where there are high concentrations of children's homes are really the best "places for bringing up our most vulnerable looked after children".
Earlier this year YoungMinds produced a report that looked at the mental health implications for being a looked after child or young person. You can read the blog post we did at the time of the report as well as the report itself here.