The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has begun work on a ‘stability index’ for children in care.
It will be used to monitor the number of times each youngster is moved to a new home or has a new social worker appointed to them. The data will be published each year and used to highlight varying labels of stability in different parts of the country.
Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield announced the new project during a meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children this week.
She told MPs:
“My aim with that is to shine a light and show the variations around the country, and also inform debate about what is and what isn’t appropriate.”
Frequent changes of home and carer hinder the emotional development of vulnerable children, she insisted. Many of the affected youngsters have experienced traumatic early childhoods.
“Children in care are always telling me that the most important thing for them is stability. If foster placements frequently break down or they constantly have to change school this can have an enormous impact on their education, development and recovery.”
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