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Become was involved in setting up the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (APPG) in 1998 and has acted as secretariat for the group since then.

Due to the general election, Parliament will be dissolved (this means that it stops meeting while new MPs are elected) from 3rd May 2017. The APPG stops meeting too (it has no status as an APPG) and will have to be reformed after the general election.

Meetings are attended by members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, representatives of voluntary organisations, care professionals and people who are currently in care or have past personal experience of the care system.

The officers of the APPG prior to the dissolution of Parliament were:

Steve McCabe MP: Chair

Earl of Listowel: Co-Vice-Chair

Tim Loughton MP: Co-Vice Chair

Bill Esterson MP: Officer

Louise Haigh MP: Secretary

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the APPG, please email Chloe at appg@becomecharity.org.uk

Recent APPG meeting minutes

19.04.2017 - Residential Care Review
18.01.2017 - Children and Social Work Bill
29.06.2016 - Identity and Stigma
27.04.16 - Financial Education
2.03.16 - Residential Care
9.12.15 - Staying Put
28.10.15 - Sibling Contact
4.03.15 - Involving Children in Care Planning
21.01.15 - Mental Health and Wellbeing
10.12.2014 - Entitlements Inquiry - One Year On
22.10.14 - Special Educational Needs
11.06.14 - Involving Young People in Services
2.04.14 - Aspiration in Education
5.02.14 - Personal Advisers

Recent inquiries

As well as holding meetings, the APPG carries out inquiries which look at issues within the care system.

 

Joint inquiry into mental health and emotional wellbeing (2015)

The APPG joined with four other APPGs (Child Protection, Penal Affairs and Children) to jointly host a seminar series on promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people. This report provides a summary of each of the four meetings, and concludes with a set of good practice principles, identified by the participating APPGs, to underpin the provision of mental health and well-being support for children and young people.

The entitlements inquiry (2013)

The Entitlements Inquiry, led by Become on behalf of the APPG, heard from over 1,000 children in care, care leavers, and professionals. It asked about ten specific entitlements. It found children in care and young care leavers are not getting the support they are legally entitled to.

The entitlements inquiry one year on (2014)

Following the publication of the Entitlements Inquiry, the APPG held a follow up 'one year on' inquiry. In 2014, between 11th June and 1st September, 181 children in care and care leavers responded to an online survey, as did 233 professionals. There were also 21 written evidence submissions. The APPG found that children in care and care leavers are still not getting the support that they are legally entitled to, although there has been some increase in knowledge about entitlements.

Joint inquiry into runaway children and missing adults (2012)

In 2012, the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers and the APPG for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults launched an inquiry into children who go missing or run away from care.

If you are in care or a young care leaver and you are not receiving the support you believe you are entitled to, you may wish to consider contacting Become’s Care Advice Line freephone on 0800 023 2033.