Campaigning for Children in Care
The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT) is the largest fostering and adoption charity in the UK. At TACT, not only have we been helping to provide loving homes for vulnerable children for 24 years – we are also a voice for children in care. Which is why we regularly campaign to improve policy affecting children and young people in care across the UK.
As part of the campaigning work we do, we regularly work with children, young people, carers and others charities in the Children’s Alliance, local authorities, policy and political decision makers to improve new and proposed legislation.
Rethinking Social Policy for Asylum Seeking Care Leavers - October 2016
The aim of this paper is to influence a positive approach to the support of all children and young people in or about to leave our care. This of course includes unaccompanied asylum seeking care leavers. Since the Immigration Act 2016, the unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) in the UK are seriously disadvantaged. Even when they’ve been here for a few years, done well in school, been happily settled with wonderful foster parents – by the time of their 18th birthday, the young asylum seeker’s life is turned upside down.
We hope that this paper will help reopen the debate on support for asylum seeking care leavers and improve their outcomes, whether they remain here or return to their country of origin.
The Children and Social Work Bill 2016
TACT have drafted amendments that will promote positive policy outcomes on three major areas impacting on children in and leaving care.
We are campaigning for:
- Free Tuition Fees for Care Leavers
- A local offer for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
- Foster Carers as Personal Advisers
TACT Call to Action
At TACT we are more than just a fostering and adoption agency – we are a voice for children in care. Established as a charity right from our foundation, we do more than find homes for vulnerable young people, we regularly campaign to improve policy affecting children in care across the UK.
We seek to influence public policy around care across the UK, working with politicians, civil servants and other stakeholders using our expertise and experience as a service provider and argue for positive change.
As our key priority we have identified the needs of adolescents entering the care system as our headline issue. This is because time and time again our experience tells us that those who enter care for the first time when older are particularly vulnerable to risk, negative experiences and poor outcomes in care. As well as being TACT’s lead area for action, it also cuts across many of the other areas we cover.
Our Call to Action gives identifies seven key areas for change:
- A stronger focus on the needs of adolescents entering the care system
- Investment into and effective implementation of Staying Put
- Improvement of educational outcomes for looked after children
- Improving access to mental health services for looked after children, adopted children and care leavers
- Prioritisation and effective measurement of well-being for looked after children
- Access to adoption support at an earlier stage in the process
- Improving Special Guardianship Order processes so that more robust assessments are undertaken before orders are granted and providing effective support once children are placed