We need YOU to help Children in Care and Care Leavers by carrying out the tasks below. 

By engaging with the tasks below you can achieve something positive to improve the outcomes for Children in Care and Care Leavers.

ENTITLEMENT -The law says every responsible Local Authority must arrange for a registered medical practitioner to carry out an emotional health assessment (with written report) of a child coming into their care. If the Authority has failed to complete this assessment, then their failure to do so may be unlawful and so the CIC/Care Leaver can complain or possibly take legal action.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/959/part/2/made


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What to do next:

  1. If you're a CIC/Care Leaver who entered care from 1st April 2011, ask your authority to provide you with a written copy of your emotional health assessment from when you entered care
  2. If you are supporting a CIC/Care Leaver, grateful if YOU (friend, carer, charity worker, anyone) can assist them to access their written emotional health report;
  3. If the authority has failed to complete the assessment, contact the solicitor who is partnering us on this issue for advice on whether you can bring a legal claim against your local authority oliver.carter@irwinmitchell.com or phone 0370 1500 100;
  4. If you have a claim the solicitor will support you to access Legal Aid (if eligible), making it free to you;
  5. The barristers with whom we are partnering will work with the legal team, to support the process into any court proceedings;
  6. Contact Isabel's Voice for additional support;
  7. If you're a CIC/Care leaver who has recently gone into care, and have not been offered an emotional health assessment, ask your local authority to carry one out.

 

ENTITLEMENT - The law says every responsible Local Authority must arrange for a registered medical practitioner to carry out a mental health assessment (with written report) of a child coming into their care. If the authority has failed to complete this assessment, then their failure to do so may be unlawful, and so the CIC/Care Leaver can complain or possibly take legal action.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/959/part/2/made 

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What to do next:

  1. If you're a CIC/Care Leaver who entered care from 1st April 2011, ask your authority to provide you with a written copy of your mental health assessment from when you entered care;
  2. If you're supporting a CIC/Care Leaver, grateful if YOU (friend, carer, charity worker, anyone) can assist them to access their written mental health report;
  3. If the authority has failed to complete the assessment, contact the solicitor who is partnering us on this issue for advice on whether you can bring a legal claim against your local authority oliver.carter@irwinmitchell.com or phone 0370 1500 100;
  4. If you have a claim the solicitor will support you to access Legal Aid (if eligible), making it free to you;
  5. The barristers with whom we are partnering will work with the legal team, to support the process into any court proceedings;
  6. Contact Isabel's Voice for additional support;
  7. If you're a CIC/Care Leaver who has recently gone into care, and have not been offered an emotional health assessment, ask your local authority to carry one out.

In November 2018 Nadim Zahawi MP, Under Secretary for State (Children and Families) confirmed that “the government has not appointed any organisation or person to complete systematic audits of LA children’s services, to monitor their compliance and delivery of legislation related to Children in Care.

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Please sign our petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/273297  if you want the Government to regulate services for Children in Care, to ensure that legislation for them is delivered by local authorities, and those services for this group of young people become transparent.

We need YOU to challenge local authorities across England as there are 153 of them. Each local authority has a Corporate Parenting Panel that meets to discuss the outcomes for their Children In Care and Care Leavers. You can attend but cannot ask questions, however your local counsellor is able to ask questions on your behalf at these meetings. Contact Isabel’s Voice if you would like support to challenge your local authority.

call to action image Please contact your local counsellor to ask challenging questions of your local authority at the Corporate Parenting Panel. If you would like help with this, please contact Isabel's Voice.

Without mentioning the names of young people, follow Isabel’s Voice on Twitter and LinkedIn and post your findings if a local authority has failed to deliver an emotional and mental health assessment for young people as they enter care or if they are not supplying the assessments as requested. We need to know the scale of this problem.

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