We are a charity created, governed and inspired by other charities. Our mission is to change the world for England’s children by harnessing the energy, ingenuity and expertise of the voluntary organisations that work on their behalf.
Far from being medicine or dentistry, the voluntary sector can’t guarantee high wages and rapid student debt-repayment. And although we’d love to know that all young people have the same range of opportunities open to them as they finish school and wonder what to do next, it’s simply not the case.
“…the administration costs attached to the current welfare system are huge and are only likely to increase as means-testing the digital economy becomes more complex and the amount of unemployed people swells and churns. A universal basic income would enormously decrease these costs.” Part 2 of Camilla Harris’s blog in Universal Basic Income
“It has become clear over the last few weeks that our current system is failing. But in a hopeless situation where unjustness may seem to prevail, there is one policy that I believe has the potential to change everything.” Camilla Harris on Universal Basic Income.
“We owe it to our children and to the very process of civic reasoning to recognise the fact that children also possess morally relevant feelings and ideas to which serious consideration is due.” Dr Joshua Forstenzer considers children and citizenship.
Children England believes the time is right to create a single strategic leadership board for all children in need of care and adoption (including fostering and kinship carers), rather than continuing with policy and market development in separate service-defined silos within the care system.
It is imperative that the voices of children and young people are heard loudly and clearly at such a crucial time in shaping the future of the UK, and indeed the EU.
Does the commissioner you work with make good grants? Do they make grants at all?
The Grants for Good campaign is calling on all voluntary sector organisations who deliver public services to complete our super-quick survey on grant-making by commissioners. All responses will help us build up a picture of where and how grants are being made across the country, find good practice and show commissioners who’ve got into bad grant-making habits what good grant-making looks like!
The Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, of which Children England is a member, is calling for changes to the care system ahead of the House of Lords debate on the Children and Social Care Bill taking place tomorrow.
Overall, there is no mention of strategy – either at national or local level – for either children in care, care leavers, or those who work with them. There is no vision outlined for looked after children’s services, their purpose, resourcing or structure, and the experiences and outcomes for children that should be delivered by those services. Instead there is a focus on tying up loose ends from previous legislation and obliging local authorities to communicate more, rather than deliver more.
In Medway the children were being treated by ‘the system’ as delinquent, while the review Board saw them as normal children, with symptoms of deeper vulnerabilities. However much practitioners may try to use other paradigms to tackle offending, the justice system adopts a delinquency model of the child as young as 10 as making a moral choice to break the law that should be prosecuted and punished.