Spotlight
Family Court Practice, The
Order the 2021 edition due out in May
Court of Protection Practice 2021
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Spotlight
Latest articles
JM v RM [2021] EWHC 315 (Fam)
(Family Division, Mostyn J, 22 February 2021)Abduction – Wrongful retention – Hague Convention application – Mother decided not to return to Australia with children – COVID 19...
Re A (A Child) (Hague Convention 1980: Set Aside) [2021] EWCA Civ 194
(Court of Appeal (Civil Division), Moylan, Asplin LJJ, Hayden J, 23 February 2021)Abduction – Hague Convention 1980 – Return order made – Mother successfully applied to set aside due...
Disabled women more than twice as likely to experience domestic abuse
The latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that, in the year ending March 2020, around 1 in 7 (14.3%) disabled people aged 16 to 59 years experienced any form of domestic abuse in...
The President of the Family Division endorses Public Law Working Group report
The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published a message from the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, in which the President endorses the publication of the President’s...
HMCTS updates online divorce services guidance
HM Courts and Tribunals Service have recently updated the online divorce services guidance with the addition of guides for deemed and dispensed service applications, alternative service...
View all articles
Authors

Charities call for young people to be fostered until they are 21

Sep 29, 2018, 17:22 PM
Slug : 16-06-2008-charities-call-for-young-people-to-be-fostered-until-they-are-21
Meta Title :
Meta Keywords :
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : No
Prioritise In Trending Articles : No
Date : Jun 16, 2008, 04:23 AM
Article ID : 89549

Twelve child care charities have today called on the Government to change the rules which currently see young people leave foster care at 18. The average age for leaving home for those who live with their own families is 24.

In an open letter sent to children's secretary Ed Balls, the charities said: "As MPs debate the Children and Young Persons Bill today, hundreds of 17-year-olds in care across England will be packing their bags and getting ready to 'go it alone', because local authorities are not required to look after them after their 18th birthdays.

"We urge the Government to take this opportunity to ensure all young people have the option to remain with their foster carers until the age of 21. This means giving a clear commitment to roll out proposed pilots across England as soon as possible, to support the foster carers looking after these young people and to provide the funding required to make the ability to stay until 21 a reality.

"We welcome many aspects of the Bill but failing to enable children to stay with their foster carers beyond the age of 17 will have serious consequences for this Government's stated intention of transforming outcomes for young people in care."

The letter was signed by representatives of the Fostering Network, NCH, Barnardo's, NCB, The Children's Society, BAAF, Voice, A National Voice, The Who Cares? Trust, TACT, Rainer and The Frank Buttle Trust.

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, added: "Many young people in care are pushed out into independent living before they are ready, due to lack of local authority support.

"We need a commitment from the secretary of state to ensure all children in care have the option to stay with foster carers until they are 21, and we need it now. Research and experience show that the longer young people stay with their foster carers, the better they do later on. This Government cannot condemn another generation of care leavers to a lifetime of poverty and underachievement."

According to the Fostering Network, care leavers struggle to reach the same levels of educational attainment as their peers and often find it difficult to make a successful transition to adult life. They are over represented in prison populations, and are more likely to be unemployed, single parents, mental health service users and homeless than those who grew up within their own families.

There are 42,000 children living with 37,000 foster families on any given day in England.

Categories :
  • News
Tags :
Authors
Provider :
Product Bucket :
Recommend These Products
Related Articles
Load more comments
Comment by from