The care system is where young people go for safety and protection yet many of the child victims of abuse cases, that have dominated the news agenda this year, were already in the care system.The National Audit Office reported today “the number of children in care has risen to its highest level for nearly 25 years” and that “No progress has been made in the last four years”. Children’s Minister Edward Timpson jumped to the defensive saying the report was “fundamentally flawed”. Channel Four News is a flagship program broadcast each night in the UK. They dedicated half of their show to young people in care entitled “Who cares”.
You’ll see from the video above that I’m on the panel. Unfortunately I made a rookie mistake by interrupting Graeme Stuart MP. It was weak and I didn’t recover from it. My bad – It’s important to learn from my mistakes. However the younger adults were eloquent incisive and impassioned. They were balanced and brilliant. Channel Four and Jackie Long did a great thing in this broadcast even if I didn’t. The film below was part of the news programme too. I know her. The effect on a child in the care system is not as much in their childhood as their adult life.