1. A Sunday rambling. We use the term "care experienced" so much now, particularly in the context of the #carereview. But what does it mean, & who or what are care experienced people? The Review is yet to offer its definition, but it will be critical >
2. Are children still in care settings care experienced? Yes - but what is a care setting? They will include those in children's homes, residential schools, foster care. But they will include those in health & mental health care settings & those with disabilities - won't they? >
3. "Care experienced" will surely include young people aged up to 25 in higher education supported by councils. But what about those not supported by councils, or over 25. Will the #carereview identify them as care experienced & hear their views?
4. " Care experienced" should include young care leavers up to 21 supported supported by PAs & known to councils. But what of those not supported by councils - those homeless & on the streets? Those in custody? Will the Review see them & seek them out too?>
5. The #carereview will see the articulate care experienced professionals & graduates, successful & outspoken. But will it see those careleavers in the community without support, struggling to survive, with no money for WiFi or links to councils. Will it recognise them - & how?>
6. What of care experienced people over 25, not linked into the politics of care, social work or academia - the overwhelming majority of care experienced people where the wisdom of generations is invested. Will these appear in the definition of "care experienced" & be consulted?>
7. Then there are the people of all ages who were adopted, brought up in kinship care or on the periphery of the state care system whilst linked to it. Will the #csrereview define them as "care experienced" & allow them a voice? If so - how? >
8. Then of course we have the hundreds or more young people buried in unregulated settings, invisibly decanted out of care, those over 16 soon to lose their rights to care . Will the #carereview define them as care experienced & reach to them. How? >
9. The truth is all these groups & more are care experienced. Massively diverse, very different experiences but with "care experienced" as the single consistent thread. ALL need to be represented, consulted & heard. But no mechanism currently exists >
10. The #carereview will have a handful of very capable care experienced people on an Expert by Experience panel including carers etc who are not care experienced. These care experienced folk will be expected to know & speak for the entire care family. An utter impossibility >
11. The answer does not lay in the knowledge & strengths of the small number of care experienced people co-opted on to the tiny #carereview EbE panel. It lies in changing the EbE panel structure itself. This could be done very easily but the Review team elected not to do so >
12. I've suggested elsewhere how that could've been done. I also wrote to Josh MacAlister & detailed how that could've been done, in good time to do it. The proposals were discounted. That was a #carereview decision. I fear this care review is not centred on the care experience

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20 Feb
1. A thoughtful thread by @MartinBarrow with which I agree 100% but I would add to it if I may >
2. Everybody should very much participate, but to do so, we need truly meaningful "experts by experience' panels that will really enable all those with an interest to be identified & engaged.>
3. The current arrangement is just one small generic panel including people from a very wide range of interests - foster carers, kinship carers, adopters, care experienced folk>
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25 Jan
1. I spoke to Josh McAlister today. He told me that the DfE terms of reference for Review, which only make a passing reference to supporting children leaving care and care leavers, were only guidance. He fully intends to include care experienced people of all ages in Review >
2. Josh McAlister said that he intends to issue much more detailed guidance once in post in March & will seek to reach out to care experienced people of all ages, wherever they are, in all their diversity. That's very reassuring indeed. Looking at ways now how this might be done.
3. Josh MacAlister accepted that the information on the web site about the interviews for Experts of Experience wasn't good enough. He was clear that he does not intend that care experienced people should be interviewed at all about their life in care.>
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23 Jan
1. The Social Care Review's terms of reference say the Review should "include children who are in care in formal settings such as
fostering arrangements or residential care and also those receiving support under informal,
kinship care....>"
2. < The Social Care Review's terms of reference continue - "The review may want to consider support for children as they prepare to leave
care and those receiving ongoing support once they have left care, drawing on care leavers’ experience" >
3. ".. may want to consider support for children as they prepare to leave
care & those receiving ongoing support once they have left care, drawing on care leavers’ experience" ... Is this really a robust enough commitment for all of us who've campaigned for a care system review?
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24 Nov 20
'Bad parent': children's watchdog to accuse state of care failings in England theguardian.com/society/2020/n…
"(Anne Longfield) will call for children to be more involved in the decisions made about their care, and will challenge politicians to do more than simply apply a sticking plaster to a system in crisis." At last!
"...there are children the system really struggles to accommodate. “It treats them as a risk to be managed, not a life to be lived. Despite the best efforts of some staff, these children can experience a system devoid of empathy, compassion and love.”
Read 4 tweets
23 Nov 20
So many issues arising from this... Examining how the Care Review should work cypnow.co.uk/blogs/article/…
1. Of course professionals & care experienced people must work together towards a care review. Everybody would want that. But they must start from a position of respected equals, who have equal say, but equals who do not share the same priorities or necessarily ambition >
2. The Scottish care Review did not happen simply because Nicola Surgeon decided one day it would happen. The happened following relentless pressure over a long time from Scottish care experienced people & Who Cares? Scotland. They convinced Nicola as she will tell you herself>
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20 Nov 20
1. A hobby horse of mine, but 'careleavers" are still often viewed as best represented by articulate professional (usually young) adults, often graduates, who have emerged from care to do well professionally, often in a health or social care profession. I was one of these too >
2. "Care" is usually viewed as foster care, particularly as most young people in care are fostered, with a nod of recognition that perhaps the less fortunate may be in children's homes. Representation of children in care on councils, etc tends to come from those in foster care>
3. Sometimes using children in foster care locally to represent children in care happens for practical reasons given these kids are not placed miles from home & are often the most willing to engage with professionals.The others often remain silent & unheard>
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