The main reason for the increasing numbers of children entering care during the last four years has been attributed to the ‘Baby Peter effect’ – or social workers being less likely to take risks, with the damming indictment of them removing children unnecessarily from families and indulging in organisational and self protection. This ‘effect’ may have had a very short term impact, as evidence from previous high profile child abuse case has shown, but is unlikely to have been sustained over four years. More likely explanations are threefold.
First and foremost, a massive 'thank you' to the Children in Care Councils and Corporate Parents from Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Rutland County Council for taking part in our Amplify regional event held on 28th March 2012 in Leicester. The hard work and dedication from all young people proved to be a success with many wanting to continue this on a larger scale.
On behalf of the trustees and staff of A National Voice, and the 60,000 children and young people in the care system in England I would like to welcome you to our new website. A National Voice has been campaigning for positive change to the care system since 1999. We are the only organisation run by and for young people from care.
We are holding a special Amplify consultation event for the East Midlands region in Leicester on the 28th March.
Members from the Children In Care Councils (CICC’s) from all 9 Local Authorities will be speaking about their experiences of the care system and how Social Services can make improvements.