A landmark report has just been published which aims to “radically reset” the children’s social care sector. Josh MacAlister’s Independent Review of Children’s Social Care is described as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform systems and services for children and families”.
We welcome this report, not only as a huge step forward for the sector, but also because its findings align with the fundamental values and approach that underpin our care at AWW. The report emphasises the importance of loving relationships and the need for the therapeutic, nurturing care, which is at the heart of what we do. It calls on the care sector to “surround children with loving, stable and safe relationships so that they can flourish”, which we also believe is the key to transforming children’s lives.
The report also highlights the need for improved early intervention work so that children can remain with their families where possible. It has always been our mission at AWW to provide a programme of intensive support for children which enables them to move on from us to a stable, safe, loving environment, and not to become lost to the care system. Through the dedicated work of our care, education, outdoor and multi-disciplinary teams, children are able to make the progress they need to achieve their plans for permanence, giving them the best possible chance of a happy and successful future.
This report recognises that “care can have an incredibly positive influence on a child’s life. Done well, care provides a place for children to heal, recover from trauma and abuse, and thrive”. The report calls for this to become the “universal ambition” of all care providers. At AWW, this has always been our ambition, and we are proud to continue to provide outstanding care which enables children to thrive and truly transforms their lives.
The full report can be found here: https://childrenssocialcare.independent-review.uk/final-report/