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Improving The Care System

We listen to people with experience of care to identify problems and find solutions to improve the care system.

We’re proud that our policy, research and campaigning work is directly informed by care-experienced young people, including those who are seldom-heard. Decision makers need to hear the views of young people directly to create positive change.  

We are an expert voice within the sector. We respond to consultations, conduct new research, give evidence to committees and campaign on the issues which children in care and young care leavers raise through our advisory groups and other listening activity. We support other organisations and researchers to understand the experiences of young people in care and work with them to facilitate the involvement of those with lived experience in their work 

We act as secretariat for the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, providing an opportunity for young people to share their views and experiences directly with decision makers in Parliament.  

What we do to improve the care system

Policy Work

We listen to people with experience of care to identify problems and find solutions to improve the care system, focusing on a number of key policy areas, including education, mental health, placements and housing.

APPG

We act as the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (APPG) and have done so since helping to establish the group in 1998.

Reports & Responses

We respond to consultations from the government, Ofsted, Select Committees and other organisations to help shape policy and make it the best it can be for children in care and care leavers.

Care Day

Care Day is the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience. We have been leading these celebrations in England since the very first Care Day in 2016.

Young Person Advisory Groups

We currently have two groups which meet quarterly to help inform our work - the Ideas and Influence Council and the Policy Advisory Group. Each is made up of a membership of care-experienced young people aged 16-25, who bring their knowledge and expertise to Become and other organisations.

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