The National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) has published a report today summarising the findings of the second National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF) survey, outlining how the austerity measures are affecting leaving care services one year on from the initial 2011 assessment.
The report concludes that despite difficult austerity measures and the impact this has had on services, there is still the potential for delivering good quality support for care leavers, by capitalising on the committed work-force that delivers the care. NCAS proposes recommendations for local authorities, Ofsted, the Department for Education and other Government departments to achieve this in four key areas:
- monitoring support provided by local authorieis
- local authority-wide support for care leavers
- protecting and enhancing support from complementary services
- listening to young people.
Linda Briheim-Crookall, Senior Policy Manager for NCAS, said:
'There are clearly some great challenges for leaving care services going forward and a need to continue to stress the importance of the state’s role in supporting care leavers. The state-as-parent has a unique relationship with looked after children and care leavers and should continue to support them in the transition to adulthood, as any reasonable parent would, especially as they turn 18 and the protections associated with being a looked after child are withdrawn.'
Download the 2012 report 'Funding leaving care: making the cut, one year on'.
Download the 2011 report 'Making the cut: planning transitions for care leavers in an age of austerity'.