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Care experienced children and young people

The Public Accounts Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry looking at public services for care experienced children and young people (who are, or have been, ‘looked after’ by a local authority under the Children Act 1989 and Social Services and Well-being Act 2014) within its remit of considering the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which resources are employed in the discharge of public functions in Wales

 

The Committee intends to make this a long-term inquiry spanning across the fifth Assembly. The Committee has initially identified four areas which are outlined below:

·       Expenditure and value for money of public services for care experienced children and young people; 

·       The effectiveness of local authority corporate parenting arrangements;

·       Value for money and the effectiveness of current arrangements for care placements; 

·       Value for money of the Pupil Development Grant for care experienced children.

 

The Committee started this inquiry during autumn 2017. As part of work, the National Assembly’s Outreach Team have been capturing the views and experiences of children and young people with experience of care from across Wales through focus groups. The findings are summarised in this document and on the attached video.

 

Evidence Session

Date, Agenda and Minutes

Transcript

Video

1.

 

Professor Donald Forrester - Director Cascade

 

Professor Sally Holland - Children’s Commissioner for Wales

 

Professor Paul Rees - Swansea University

 

Sean O’Neill – Children in Wales

 

Monday 17 July 2017

Read transcript of Evidence Session 1

Watch Evidence Session 1 on Senedd TV

2.

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

 

Rachel Thomas, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Commissioner for Wales

 

Monday 29 January 2018

Read transcript of Evidence Session 2

Watch Evidence Session 2 on Senedd TV

3.

Irfan Alam - Assistant Director Children’s Services, Cardiff City Council

 

Kate Devonport – Head of Children, Family & Safeguarding Services, Conwy County Borough Council

 

Sally Jenkins – Head of Children and Family Services, Newport City Council

 

Tanya Evans – Head of Children’s Social Services, Blaenau Gwent  County Borough Council

 

Monday 29 January 2018

Read transcript of Evidence Session 3

Watch Evidence Session 3 on Senedd TV

4.

 

Monday 12 February 2018

Read transcript of Evidence Session 4

Watch Evidence Session 4 on Senedd TV

5.

 

Monday 12 February 2018

Read transcript of Evidence Session 5

Watch Evidence Session 5 on Senedd TV

6.

Colin Turner – Director, The Fostering Network in Wales

 

Kevin Williams – CEO, The Fostering Network in Wales

 

Monday 12 February 2018

Read transcript of Evidence Session 6

Watch Evidence Session 6 on Senedd TV

7.

Cllr Huw David, WLGA Spokesperson for Health and Social Services (and Leader of Bridgend CNBC)

 

Cllr Geraint Hopkins, WLGA Deputy Spokesperson for Health and Social Services (and Cabinet Member in RCT)

 

Stewart Blythe, WLGA Policy Officer (Health and Social Care)

Monday 26 February 2018

Read transcript of Evidence Session 7

Watch Evidence Session 7 on Senedd TV

8.

Albert Heaney - Director of Social Services and Integration, Welsh Government

 

Alistair Davey - Deputy Director, Enabling People, Welsh Government

 

Monday 19 March 2018

Read transcript of Evidence Session 8

Watch Evidence Session 8 on Senedd TV

 

Business type: Other

First published: 12/10/2016

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