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Become supports #KeepCaringTo18 campaign

Become is supporting the Keep Caring for Children up to 18 campaign which seeks to guarantee care for every child in care.

In February 2020, the government launched a public consultation on its proposals to introduce new standards for supported accommodation. This kind accommodation is typically meant for 16 and 17 year-olds, and is designed to provide a ‘stepping stone’ to a more independent way of living.

Supported accommodation is currently unregulated, which means it is not registered with or inspected by Ofsted. It is illegal for these settings to provide ‘care’. They would have to be registered as a children’s home and adhere to the relevant regulations for this to be legal.

We’ve previously raised a number of concerns about the increasing number of children living in such unregulated semi-independent and independent settings, and the lack of sufficient oversight to ensure all of these places where children might live are safe and suitable.

The government is proposing a separate set of new standards that will continue to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to live in supported accommodation, which is unable to provide care.

We believe that every child in care deserves care. 

Legally, every 16 and 17 year-old is still a child, even if we may more commonly refer to them as young people.

The state’s responsibility to them as a corporate parent should include guaranteeing care until they are 18.

We do not believe that establishing a two-tier care system is in the best interests of children and young people. There is no similar expectation for those living in foster care or children’s homes that they will receive a lower standard of support when they turn 16.

This is why we support #KeepCaringTo18.

For further information on the campaign, please visit Article 39’s webpage at:

Become supports #KeepCaringTo18 campaign
One response

  1. Paul Simmonds says:

    December 29, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    This is obvious young people need to be in care or with foster parents until they are 18. Its a big jump for them to leave care at 18 anyway. There needs to be a framework in place especially when they reach over 18 a place to be until they are properly set up for work. Every child at the age of 16 who is in care should be in care at 16. Aguided step for the youngsters when they reach 18 and a place to be with some financial help until they are set up in a job or at college or university

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