Independent Care Review for England 2021
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In January 2021, the government launched the ‘independent review of children’s social care in England’. The Review set out to ‘provide a once in a generation opportunity to transform the children’s social care system and provide children with loving, safe and stable families’. The Review published its final report in May 2022.
Family Rights Group believe that the Care Review has been an important opportunity to influence proposals for change across the child welfare system in England. We engaged with the Review, seeking to influence its recommendations, including through contributing evidence and sharing insight from our services and legal and policy experience. We held a series of policy seminars which fed into the Review. We also worked to ensure the Review hears the voices and experiences of mothers, fathers and kinship carers involved with the child welfare system.
- Here you can read the Review’s final report and recommendations.
- You can also read Family Rights Group’s initial response here.
In February 2023, the Government published their response to the Review’s recommendations in an implementation strategy document called Stable Homes, Built on Love. See our response to that here
- April 2021 – Family Rights Group’s parents’ and kinship carers’ panels met with the Care Review engagement team.
- May 2021 – Family Rights Group hosted a workshop for mothers, fathers and kinship carers with experience of the child welfare system to share their experiences and ideas with the Care Review engagement team.
- July 2021 – Family Rights Group’s parents’ and kinship carers’ panels met with the Review’s engagement team to share their thoughts on the Review’s Case for Change.
- September 2021 – Family Rights Group hosted a second online workshop for mothers, fathers, kinship carers and people raised in kinship care to respond to the Review’s Case for Change and to share with the Review their ideas for solutions to improve children’s social care so that it works for children and families.
- November 2021 – Family Rights Group hosted two policy seminars exploring what reforms are needed, particularly within our child welfare and family justice system, so more children can live safely and thrive within their families and communities. The Review team attended and Chair, Josh MacAlister, spoke at our first event which was about working in partnership with families. Watch them here.
- May 2022 – Angela Frazer-Wicks – Family Rights Group’s Chair, member of our parents’ panel and member of the Review’s Experts by Experience group – spoke about her experience as a birth mum to two children who were adopted, first at a Downing Street reception with the Education Secretary and Children’s Minister, and then with the Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Education Secretary and Shadow Children’s Minister. See here for more information.