Innovative Framework Launched For Children In Care
Posted on Tuesday 8th May 2012
Working together to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people is the cornerstone of success for the Childrens Commissioning Consortium Cymru, a partnership of authorities from across Wales.
Following ongoing consultation with young people in care they launched the pioneering Looked After Children Placement Framework for fostering and residential placement services.
It aims to provide placements for children and young people that meet clear standards of care and the outcomes for them which is specified in the Framework and will be able to develop even more local placements across Wales.
This week Keith Towler the Children’s Commissioner in Wales officially launched the Framework at the University of Glamorgan before representatives of local authorities, voluntary organisations and service providers.
Across Wales approximately 5,000 children and young people are looked after. Most are raised in nurturing and supportive homes thanks to the army of incredible foster carers who work for the 22 Welsh local authorities. Significant work continues to recruit people from all walks of life to become foster carers.
However, a continuing increase in the number of children and young people who are becoming looked-after means there simply are not enough foster carers available and, as a result, placements are secured within the independent or private sector.
The Looked After Children Framework builds on the successful 10+ Foster Care Recruitment campaign, in which 15 local authorities, co-ordinated through the Childrens Commissioning Consortium Cymru, pooled efforts and resources to recruit foster carers on a regional, rather than a local
By launching a joint approach to this shared issue, the best quality of service for looked-after children and young people can be secured. Through the Framework, each of the authorities specified clear standards of care and service.
Tony Young, Service Director Children's Services at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said, “Local authorities like Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are committed to continuing to provide placements, and anticipate that the majority of looked after children will continue to be cared for by local carers supported by their local authority.
“Over recent years there has been an increase in the number of vulnerable children and young people who need to be looked after and enough local care placements have not always been available.
“With the introduction of the Framework we endeavour to ensure the best quality of service for children and young people placed with independent sector providers.
“Set to last for four years, the groundbreaking Framework is yet further proof of the outstanding work taking place as local authorities – and even other partner public sector organisations – come together to deliver joint solutions to shared problems."