Get your voice heard in the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care was announced in March 2020 and has been set up by the government to make sure children and young people in and leaving care get the support they need.

This is an important piece of work and the opportunity to shape social care (social workers, being in care, leaving care) in England.

As part of the review, we shared what we have learned from our Bright Spots work, which includes the views of over 15,000 care experienced children and young people who have taken part in our surveys. We also offered support to the review through our A National Voice program, to make sure the voices of more children and young people in care and leaving care are heard.

What happened?

Our A National Voice Ambassadors (a group of 24 care experienced young people aged 16-25 from across England) developed workshops for young people to have their say on the area’s highlighted in “The Case for Change”, as well as any other key issues that young people want to talk about that have not been included in “The Case for Change”.

We sent these resources for the workshops to Children in Care Councils across England, supporting them to run sessions locally to gather children and young people’s feedback on the review.

What did we find?

Our A National Voice Ambassadors then gathered together at a two day get together to view all the responses from across the county.

On the first day they read all the responses received and split into smaller groups to explore what was mentioned most frequently.

The group found several important themes emerging including:

  • A post-code lottery
  • Cliff edges
  • Systems that don’t work for children and young people
  • The importance of positive language

On the second day they prepared short presentations on the themes to share with members of the Independent Review Team.

A National Voice have written a report which summarises what you told us and includes their presentations.

Read the full report

We have released our A National Voice (ANV) response to The Case for Change report published by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care.

The report shares care experienced young peoples  thoughts, feelings and hopes for the future. It is collected from 309 voices from across 31 local authorities with extensive geographical coverage across England. The respondents also represented a broad range in terms of age, gender, ethnicity and Special Educational Needs status.

Read the full report

Read the summary

A Big Thanks

We want to say a huge thank you to all the children and young people that have shared their thoughts, feelings and hopes for the future as well as the great staff who have supported them to participate and have their voices heard.


Coram Voice news about The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

A National Voice to support engagement programme to get care-experienced young voices heard to inform the care review

Update on our work with the Review of Children’s Social Care (England)

External information and articles about The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (official site)

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (Gov page)