The UK Government has today released their response to its 'Stable Homes, Built on Love' consultation. Though NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service) welcomes some of the proposals detailed in the UK Government's response, we remain concerned that this “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reform children’s social care lacks the urgency and ambition needed to deliver a truly transformative service for the children and young people we support.
NYAS is disappointed to see no mention of Independent Visitors within the UK Government’s response, nor reference to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). With limited funding and time left before the next general election, we question whether care-experienced children and young people will see the changes they called for listened to and acted upon.
NYAS' response to the 'Stable Homes, Built on Love' consultation included the views of Campaigns Advisory Group members, who emphasised the need for urgency in the reforms: “We desperately want to see these much-needed changes for young people now.” We hope that the UK Government will listen to their voices.
NYAS will review the UK Government’s response and publish a detailed response in due course.