‘Invaluable’ insights into care children

Lancashire County Hall and (below) Coun John Fillis.
Lancashire County Hall and (below) Coun John Fillis.
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Young people in care made their views known at a county hall meeting.

The summit was organised by members of Lancashire’s children in care council, who invited representatives from other parts of the north west.

Craig Whittaker MP

Craig Whittaker MP

Thirty young people from nine different local authorities met with Craig Whittaker MP, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group for looked-after children and care leavers, and Louise Taylor, Lancashire County Council’s interim executive director for children and young people.

Mr Whittaker said: “I found this experience invaluable. I’m grateful to the young people for organising the meeting and for being so generous with the insight gained from their experiences.

“With evidence gathered from sessions like today’s and online questionnaires, I will be producing a report in October to present to the government during Care Leavers’ Week.

“The report will contain the evidence – and recommendations on how we can strengthen the rights of looked-after children and care leavers.”

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