England’s children aren’t hoping for special treatment when they get to school, or luxurious holidays when summer comes; they’d like time to enjoy relationships with family, friends and teachers they trust, access to interesting things to do, and somewhere safe to turn when, as everyone does at some point, they feel worried or sad.

Not a care leaver but never left from caring

Professionally I used to advise my teams that leaving care is something that we should begin preparing children for on the day they enter care. It is a process not an event; like my childhood it should be a learning process where children have excellent role models who they can grow to trust despite their having no good reason to trust adults based on whatever caused them to be in care in the first place.

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