NYAS is delighted that the Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, has confirmed that the voices of children, young people and adults that have received the help or support of a social worker or have been brought into care, is of utmost importance and will be at the heart of an independent care review. It was also reassuring to see that he also stated the review presents a singular opportunity to start by looking at the whole system, and the children and young people it supports.

NYAS, as part of a collective of 27 charities and groups who work with and represent care-experienced children and young people across England recently wrote an open letter to Gavin Williamson MP urging the government to carry out a ‘bold and broad’ independent review of the care system which is urgently needed.

The letter asked that the review should focus on delivering meaningful and lasting change that has care-experienced people at its very heart. In addition, that the experience of parents and families affected by the care system and carers and professionals working in the field must be heard.

At NYAS, we will continue to work in partnership with other organisations to made a stand to support young people’s involvement in shaping the services that they rely on.