The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has vowed to make the extension of support rights for children in residential care a key goal of her time in office.
She said that she would use her ADCS presidency to advocate for the Staying Put scheme enabling young people to stay with their foster carers until they are 21 if they choose, to be extended to include children in residential care.
In families we do not cut off children just because they reach a certain age, and as a mother of two sons in their 20s I know that young people have different support needs. Of course it will be challenging and there are significant practical issues to overcome but I am convinced that the sector is up for it.
We know that the vulnerability of young people looked after in residential care is greater than those in the care system as a whole so surely we should be seeking to do the best we can for these, the neediest children in our care.