P-06-1161 Routine collection and publication of data of how many babies/children return to their care experienced parents care at the end of a Parent and Child Placement



This petition was submitted by Nicola Jones, having collected a total of 60 signatures.


Text of Petition:                    

We believe that many care leavers walk out of their placements because little thought is given to their previous experiences or to their mental wellbeing even though a baby has the right to stay with its parent/s if it is safe to do so.


Additional Information:

Many care leavers have social services intervention, when they give birth. This is often due to their history and/or lack of their own parental guidance. These care leavers will undoubtedly have experienced trauma in their childhoods and often suffer from anxiety into their adult lives. They have often never felt safe in their homes as a child and having their own space has been their only safe haven where they are totally relaxed. Currently, if there is any concern, a parent is taken away from their home, family and friends then placed in a foster home or residential home to be assessed with little thought to the parents triggers and mental wellbeing. We believe that this often causes a roller coaster of emotions and parents then walk away from placements only to forever regret a rash decision made in a moment of anxiety that wouldn't have happened if the situation had been dealt with more empathically. We want to fact find to see if a better solution for parent and child is needed.


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This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 09/10/2023.


The Committee considered the petition and noted the joint plenary debate that took place on the petition and the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s report on care-experienced children.


Members noted the Children, Young People and Education Committee will continue to pursue progress on the wider issues and in light of this agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner for their engagement with the Committee.


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the Committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 16/07/2021.


Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Cardiff West
  • South Wales Central


Further information




Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

First published: 09/07/2021