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Care Inquiry 2013

In 2013 Family Rights Group and seven other leading children’s charities conducted an inquiry into what worked best in securing permanence – including greater stability and a positive sense of identity and belonging – for children in, and on the edge of, care.

Over 200 people took part in the inquiry sessions, and discussion groups were organised across the UK with young people with different experiences of care.

A key finding of the Inquiry was that when children in care move – which they do too often – important relationships are needlessly broken and lost, including relationships with their siblings.

Robert Tapsfield, chair of the Care Inquiry steering group, said: “The work of the Inquiry left us in no doubt that the care system continues to fail too many children, and that tackling this problem is increasingly urgent and requires a fresh approach”.

“What has been particularly striking is that all those giving evidence to the Inquiry – children, care leavers, adoptees, social workers, adopters, foster carers, birth families, practitioners, managers and academics – spoke with one voice about the need for the system to make, protect and nurture relationships, not break them.”

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