What does the government’s response say about care leavers and employment?
The response embraces the Care Review’s demand to create 3,500 new, well-paid jobs and apprenticeships for care leavers every year by 2023. The government aims to achieve this by boosting the Care Leaver’s Covenant’s budget by 30% over the next two years and by increasing the apprenticeships bursary for care leavers from £1000 to £3000.
We believe that there is much more that can be done to increase the number of available quality job opportunities for care-experienced young people. We will continue to consult and work with Local Authority partners, government representatives and civil servants to promote realistic and effective solutions.
More information below:
- The Government’s Implementation Strategy: “Stable Homes, Built on Love”
- Read this summary created by Esmee Fairbairn’s Leaving Care Learning Programme
- The Guardian focused on “Children to be housed closer to family in overhaul of children’s social care system”
- Flick through the Independent Care Review into Childrens’ Social Care
- Read our response to the Care Review
How our peers responded:
- Article 39: they fight for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions in England.
- Become: the national charity for children in care and young care leavers.
- Family Rights Group: they promote policies and practices that keep children safe within their family and strengthen the family and community networks of those children who cannot live at home.
- Just for Kids Law: they work with and for young people to ensure their legal rights are respected and promoted, and their voices heard and valued.
- Kinship: the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales.
- Pause: they work with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care.