The Alliance is calling for:

  • Greater support and training for primary carers and key workers in children’s homes – so they can help children overcome past experiences and build positive relationships.
  • Mechanisms for assessing the quality of care from the child’s perspective – and accountability when a placement doesn’t work for them.
  • Measurement of children’s wellbeing and progress throughout their care experience – rather than one-off outcomes, so we understand when children are doing well and when they need more support.
  • Care that meets the day-to-day emotional needs of children – but with timely access to specialist mental health support if needed.
  • Continued support when young people leave care – so they are not expected to become independent earlier than their peers.