This is a review of children’s social care and it’s important that the voice of children is not lost in what can easily become conversations about systems and processes. We prioritised speaking to people with lived experience of children’s social care from the start of the review and after initial workshops which helped to inform the Case for Change we developed a series of engagement opportunities – some led by the review team and many more in partnership with organisations that children and young people know and trust.
In October 2021, we published a report rounding up our engagement work with young people since June, as well as a more accessible summary.
We will share a summary of our engagement with people over 25 years old who have lived experience of children’s social care before the end of the year – this includes birth parents, kinship carers, adopters, foster carers and adults who spent time in care as children.
A National Voice Ambassadors
The review team asked Coram Voice ‘A National Voice’ Ambassadors (a group of 24 care experienced young people aged 16-25 from across England) to gather feedback from children in care councils and care leaver forums across the country.
A National Voice Ambassadors developed workshop packs for children and young people to have their say on key areas within the Case for Change so that Local Authorities from across the country could run sessions with their young people.
More than 300 children and young people took part in workshops and A National Voice Ambassadors published their report to share key findings in October 2021.
The review team is using this report to better understand the issues which matter to young people and what they most want to change within the care system.