CROSS PARTY GROUP ON LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN

ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT

MARCH 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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             LLEISIAU O OFAL     VOICES FROM CARE

 


 

 

 David Melding (Chair) Foreword 

 

The Cross Party Group on Looked After Children aims to use the scrutiny mechanism available in the National Assembly to help drive up the standards of services provided to children in care and care leavers.

 

During the year the group looked at adoption support, children missing from care and the collection of this data, maintaining opportunities for meaningful contact for siblings in care, and extending the duration of foster care placements up to the age of 21.

 

As Chair of the Cross Party Group I am grateful to all the AMs who have supported our work. We have also benefited from the expertise of several guest speakers who have given their time most generously. But without the outstanding support of the Group’s secretariat, Voices from Care, none of this valuable work would have been possible.

 

 

 

 

Cross Party Group on Looked After Children

The group meets to consider different issues of importance for looked after children in Wales and consider policy implications.

The meetings also provide opportunities for representatives from relevant organisations to meet with Assembly Members to discuss issues of concern for looked after children in Wales.

Membership and Secretariat

The membership and secretariat, as of March 2014, are as follows:

Members:

v  David Melding AM DPO (Chair)

v  Bethan Jenkins AM

v  Julie Morgan AM

v  Mohammad Asghar AM

Secretary:

v  Rhian Williams – Voices From Care

Meetings held in the past 12 months                        

A total of four meetings were held from April 2013 to March 2014.

DATE OF MEETING

ASSEMBLY MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED

IN ATTENDANCE & GUEST SPEAKERS

8TH May 2013

David Melding AM

Dan Butler – Mark Drakeford AM Support Staff

Mark Drakeford AM

Julie Morgan AM

Angharad Thomas – David Rees AM Support Staff

Mark Isherwood AM

Aled Roberts AM

Suzy Davies AM

 

Post Adoption Support

John Wilkinson, Director, Wilkinson PR

 

D. Jones –Voices From Care (VFC)

R. Williams - VFC

D. Burns - VFC

6th November 2013

 

David Melding AM

Joyce Watson - AM

 

Children Missing From  Care

Joyce Watson AM

R. Williams - VFC

11th December 2013

 

David Melding AM

 

 

 

Siblings in Care

Delma Hughes, Founder Director, Siblings Together

 

R. Williams - VFC

12th March 2014

David Melding AM

 

Mohammad Asghar AM

 

How extending the Leaving Care Age to 21 would benefit young people

Jeremy Thomas, Scott Ruddock, Debra Walker, TACT Fostering Wales.

 

Young people -

C. Kinsey, K. Lavender, L. lavender S. Richards and

 J. Hopkins

TACT Fostering Wales

 

D. Jones – VFC

R. Williams – VFC

C. Dunn – VFC

N. Mitchell - VFC

 

Financial Statement

A total of £4.50 was paid in travel expenses across the four meetings which were met by Voices From Care and an estimation of £534.04 costs in kind for time incurred by Voices From Care staff for servicing the Cross Party Group on Looked After Children.