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 have 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 have 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 will happen

In the early summer, the review team should publish a report called “Case for Change” which will highlight the broad areas they have identified as most needing changing in children’s social care. Once “Case for Change” is released, our A National Voice Ambassadors (a group of 24 care experienced young people aged 16-25 from across England) will develop workshops for young people to have their say on the area’s highlighted in “A Case for Change”, as well as any other key issues that young people want to talk about that have not been included in “Case for Change”. Our A National Voice Ambassadors will then gather together the views discussed by young people in the workshops to send into the review. They will follow this up by letting young people know how their views have influenced the review.

How to get involved

A National Voice want to make sure as many young people as possible get their views heard by the review team. To make sure you are involved sign up via our link.

As well as creating resources for Children in Care Councils across England, supporting them to run sessions locally to gather children and young people’s feedback on the review, A National Voice will also be running sessions for young people who may not be involved in their Children in Care Council to make sure as many young people as possible get their say. This includes young people with disabilities, young parents, unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and young people in residential homes.

Our A National Voice ambassadors were appointed in November 2020 and between them cover every region in England, and include ambassadors representing unaccompanied asylum seekers, young people living in residential homes, young parents, LGBTQ+ young people, care leavers studying at university, and young people with disabilities.

Useful Links

Get involved in The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

Sign up to get involved 

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)