Children and young people have their say on the revised rules for children in care

Children and young people have stressed that care placements should be designed so that brothers and sisters can stay together according to a new report published today by the Office of the Children's Rights Director for England (OCRD).

Children on care standards, published today by Children's Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan, sets out the views of 433 children and young people consulted at the annual Children's Rights Director conference. The children expressed their views on what the new rules (National Minimum Standards) for children which say how children should be looked after in each main social care service for children.

They expressed that care placements should ensure that siblings are kept together and said that placements should be selected so that they can provide for children's special needs.

The children said that there should be respect between children and everyone living and working with them and stressed that staff and carers should do everything to keep children and young people safe from harm and ensure they grow up healthily.

Where a child isn't being looked after properly, they proposed that the child should be moved elsewhere by the social services department that had placed the child there. They also stressed that children should not be moved without their consent.

Children and young people also said the new rules should recognise that staff and carers are important in children's lives. They said stability was vital for children and young people to achieve their potential. As a result changes of staff should be kept to a minimum.

Dr Roger Morgan, Children's Rights Director for England, said:

"This report contains the views children gave us, without adult views being added. The children and young people have told me that they want to be made aware of the National Minimum standards and how it applies to their settings and want to be treated fairly and with respect.

The report sets out the main rules that children have proposed in relation to safeguarding, workforce issues, administrative requirements, complaints procedures, privacy, children's rights, valuing diversity and behaviour management which I hope government officials will find useful when writing the new rules."