Coram Voice has today (17th August 2021) published our organisational response to the Independent Review for Children’s Social Care’s Case for Change.
The response draws on our work to give children and young people a voice in their care. Through the Bright Spots programme we have gathered their opinions on everything from frontline advocacy to research and practice improvement. Coram Voice has also been working with the Review team to give children and young people the opportunity to feed into the Review through A National Voice, the National Children in Care Council. Their views are being collated by our A National Voice ambassadors and will be published and shared with the Review team separately.
Coram Voice organisational response to the Case for Change focuses on the important role of independent advocacy in improving children’s services. It also draws on the learning from the Bright Spots Programme and what the over 15,000 children and young people who participated have reported makes their lives good.
The Review asks the core question of us all, what the purpose of children’s social care should be. We believe that the aim must be to make the lives of care experienced children and young people better, by focusing on the issues that matter most to them. To do this we need to ensure that their voices are at the heart of the care system, and as our response highlights, independent advocacy is an important part of making sure that this happens.