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.

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 current officers of the APPG are:

Steve McCabe MP: Chair

Earl of Listowel: Co-Vice-Chair

Tim Loughton MP: Co-Vice Chair

Bill Esterson MP: Officer

Louise Haigh MP: Secretary

Recent APPG meeting minutes

Children and Social Work Bill
Financial Education
Personal advisors
Identity and stigma
Entitlements Inquiry-one year on
Mental health and wellbeing
Involving children in care planning
Residential Care
Special Educational Needs
Sibling Contact
Aspiration in education
Involving young people in services

Previous work (inquiries)

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

  • Seminar series on promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people (2015)
  • Entitlements Inquiry (2013) and ‘one year on’ inquiry (2014)
  • Inquiry into children who go missing or run away from care (2012)

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.

Read the report here

 

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.

Read the summary report

Read the full report

Read the report for young people

 

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.

Download the Entitlements Inquiry One Year On report.

 

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 on 020 7017 8901

 

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.

Read the full report