Leaving Care – Review Update

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The Board is still working on its in-depth Review of the Support for Care Leavers.

Evidence gathering for this review commenced back in February. The Task & Finish Group carrying out this work, led by Councillor Paxton-Hood Williams, is now expected to deliver a final report to the Board, with conclusions and recommendations, in November.

Already the Board has taken evidence from:

  • a range of officers within social services
  • the Cabinet Member for Social Services
  • managers from Barnardo’s (which is commissioned by the Authority to provide a leaving care service, known as the BAYS project)
  • young persons advisors
  • foster carers
  • care leavers
  • the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University

The Task & Finish Group meets again on 20th September to explore the role that those outside social services play in helping care leavers – focusing on health, housing and education.

Remaining evidence sessions have been identified and are expected to take place during September and October:

  • evidence from the departmental review of the partnership with the BAYS Project.
  • visiting supported accommodation provision in the area (e.g. Swansea Foyer, The Briars, Drws Agored)
  • findings from national / local research (including the Board’s survey of social workers)

Following completion of the evidence gathering a findings report will be produced which will then require analysis in order to identify key conclusions and possible recommendations from this work.

If you have any views on the support to care leavers and ideas for improvement it is not too late for the Board to consider these, so feel free to add comments below.

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