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Children speak out on living in care

Date: April 2017

I just want to say what I want, feel like someone listened to me.’ (Male, 14)

We are pleased to announce the third in our series of briefings “Children speak out”. The briefing builds on the findings of the research in the 2015 See it, Say it, Change it children and young people’s report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and further research carried out in 2016.

In this briefing children speak out on their experiences of living in care and talk about areas where their rights aren’t being met including; entering and leaving care; inadequate support from social workers; and problems in foster placements. The briefing addresses many of the concerning issues highlighted in the No Good Options report, published in March 2017, which brought together the latest findings of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPG) Inquiry into children’s social care services in England. When read in conjunction with CRAE’s research and official statistics, it illustrates some worrying patterns.

 At the end of the briefing we make recommendations to address these. The briefing was co-produced by CRAE staff and children from the steering group, it  does not try to represent the experiences of all children in care but reflects what children and young people have told us.

Read the Children speak out on living in care briefing.

If you would like more information please contact Maria Stephens, CRAE Participation Manager,, 07951142105

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