Into Independence, Not Out of Care: 16 Plus Care Options: Second Report of Session 2014-15: Report, Together With Formal Minutes Relating to the Report.
Great Britain Parliament. House of Commons. Education Committee.
International Resource Technical Report
Published: July 17, 2014
This report discusses the findings of a study that investigated the two kinds of accommodation that are provided for young people aged 16 and 17 who are looked after by local authorities in England, the suitability, safety, and regulatory nature of alternative accommodation provided for young people who are aged 16 and 17 and looked after by local authorities, whether the Government's announcement to extend local authorities' duties to support young people wishing to stay with foster carers until the age of 21 should apply to those in residential children's homes, and whether provision of alternative accommodation should be extended to the age of 21. Findings indicate the suitability and safety of "other arrangements" must be improved, and differentiating their governance from that for other placements in which looked after young people are housed is an anomaly that demonstrates an insufficient understanding of the vulnerability of the young people concerned. Results from the investigation show the current Staying Put policy discriminates against looked after young people not living in foster care, and government arguments against extending Staying Put to all looked after young people were not convincing. The report concludes much more can, and should, be done to prepare and plan better for a gradual transition to independence, to develop and sustain the relationships that matter the most, to ensure the safety and suitability of the homes in which young people live, and to be responsive to an individual?s need, rather than reactive to their age. Recommendations are made.
independent living; foster adolescents; independent living skills; aging out; extended foster care; policy formation; United Kingdom