A best practice guide ‘staying put’ arrangements for children in care has been published by an alliance of children’s charities.
The Children’s Partnership (CP) includes such members as Barnardos and the NSPCC. The organisation describes itself as “the voluntary and community sector strategic partner to the Department for Education”.
Earlier this year, children in care gained the right to ‘stay put’ – ie continue to live with their foster families – till the age of 21, under the Children and Families Act 2014.
The guide is aimed at local councils, children’s services departments and social workers involved in the implementation of staying put arrangements.
Robert Tapsfield is chief executive of charity the Fostering Network, who successfully campaigned for the right to stay with foster families till the age of 21 . He said:
“Local authorities have a duty to support this. We need to all work together to make sure that this new duty results in all eligible young people getting the best start to their adult life by staying in a stable family environment. This guide has been written with the positive intentions of the law change at its heart, and provides support and guidance to all those involved in making sure that together, we can provide the steps towards independence that all young people deserve.”
Read Staying Put Good Practice Guide here.