Telford MP welcomes launch of Children's Social Care Review

Telford's MP Lucy Allan welcomed the launch of the Children's Social Care Review this week.

Lucy Allan with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, pictured in 2019
Lucy Allan with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, pictured in 2019

The review intends to reshape how children are supported by the care system, looking at the process from referral through to becoming looked after. It will also address issues of major concern including the increase in numbers of looked after children, the inconsistencies in children’s social care outcomes and the failure of the system to provide enough stable homes for children.

The review will be headed by former teacher and chief executive of the social work charity Frontline, Josh MacAlister.

Ms Allan said: "I am delighted that after years of campaigning for a comprehensive review of children's social care, the Government has recognised the necessity for a major rethink of the sector.

"This is an opportunity to comprehensively reform social care for the benefit of children in Telford, protecting their wellbeing and improving life chances for every child in care."

Review chair Mr MacAlister said: "Deep down I think many of those working in the children’s social care system, and certainly many of those who have experience of it, know that radical change is needed.

"My commitment is that this review will deliver a wide-ranging plan to extend the joy, growth and safety of childhood and the esteem, love and security of family life to all children."

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