Council to make pledge to children and young people in care

Date: 22/07/2014

Wakefield Council's Cabinet will next week hear how the Council is making a pledge to all children and young people in care.

The pledge forms part of the new Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy which goes before Cabinet for consideration on July 29, 2014, and includes promises to involve children in decisions which affect them as well as recognising that the experts on care, are those in care.

The strategy has been developed in conjunction with the district's Children In Care Council and includes an introduction from them, and has been widely consulted on with experts such as Barnados and West Yorkshire Police's Safeguarding Unit.

Councillor Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: "We are aspirational for our young people – whether looked after or not – and this strategy cements the great work we have already done in providing a framework and safety net for children who need to be looked after, as well as for those who are their carers.

"In particular I'm proud of our commitment to the new "Staying Put" policy, which will allow foster children to stay on with their foster carers after they reach 18, and of the great resources on our dedicated website which young people have also been instrumental in shaping."

The strategy also emphasises the need to recruit more adoptive and foster parents, as well as including an aspiration for Wakefield Council to become a foster family-friendly employer.

Wakefield Council's Cabinet is recommended to consider and approve the document at its meeting on July 29, 2014.