Prime Minister, David Cameron has said "Improving outcomes for children in care will form part of an “all out assault on poverty” by government .Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday, Cameron said children growing up in the care system are “almost guaranteed to live in poverty”. He pointed to the fact that 84 per cent leave school without five good GCSEs, 70 per cent of prostitutes were once in care, and care leavers are four times more likely to commit suicide than anyone else. “These children are in our care; we, the state, are their parents – and what are we setting them up for? The dole, the streets, an early grave?,” he said. “This shames our country and we will put it right.”
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The Public Accounts Committee says there has been a "systemic failing" in support to young people leaving foster care or children's homes. Its chair Meg Hillier MP says young adults are "let down by the system that's supposed to support them". Click here to read the full article.
A window into Care Leaver communities written by a Care Leaver. Click here to read the article.
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