Care Matters sets out a radical package of proposals for transforming the lives of children in care. Although outcomes for these children have improved, they have not kept pace with other children. This is unacceptable. The Government wants children in care to receive no less than we would expect for our own children.
The Green Paper set out policies for consultation, to ensure earlier interventions and support for families where children are on the edge of care.
It included proposals to strengthen the ‘corporate parenting’ role of local authorities; create high quality placements which meet children’s needs; ensure a first class education; a positive life outside school; and support for transition into adulthood.
Response to Care Matters
On 17 April 2007, Beverley Hughes, then Minister for Children and Families, published Care Matters: Consultation Responses.
The Responses represent the views of frontline staff, managers, groups representing children and children themselves in response to the Care Matters Green Paper.