“We support the ambition of the independent review of children’s social care to make sure children, including those in care, grow up in loving, stable and safe environments."
Responding to the Case for Change, the first report from the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care led by Josh MacAlister, Cllr Teresa Heritage, Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“We support the ambition of the independent review of children’s social care to make sure children, including those in care, grow up in loving, stable and safe environments.
“Councils have been raising the issues within the case for change for some years, including the need for government departments to work better together, reforms to the placements ‘market’ and more investment in the services that change children’s lives.
“There are many brilliant people working to improve the lives of children and their families, from social workers and foster carers to teachers, nurses and police officers. Their dedication in the face of enormous challenges should be commended and they must be listened to alongside those with lived experience as we seek solutions.
“We also urge the review to consider the context in which services for children and families are delivered. Inspection, media and government pressure can alter practice and drive risk aversion, while the impact of national policy must not be underestimated. Children’s services alone cannot do everything - we need a whole system approach to improving children’s lives.
“With the right funding and freedoms, councils can properly support government to achieve our shared ambition to improve the life chances of children and young people, so no one is left behind.”