We organise the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (APPG).
What is the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers?
We organise the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (APPG). This helps us influence politicians and put forward suggestions for change in the system.
The APPG was established in 1998 and Become has acted as ‘secretariat’ of the group since then. This means we are responsible for the organisation of the group.
APPG meetings bring together lots of people with different personal and professional experiences, including those with lived experience of the care system, professionals and carers, representations organisations and others to share their expertise with decision makers in government, parliament and local authorities.
The APPG also carries out ‘inquiries’ which look into specific issues in the care system and make recommendations to the government about how things can change.
The APPG has launched the Spotlight Inquiry which aims to shine a light on the care system – or systems – across the country.
We’re exploring themes of care and community and will be hearing from care-experienced young people and adults, carers, professionals and others with an interest in improving the care system and feeding into the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care.
The current officers of the APPG as elected at the AGM in April 2021 are:
Steve McCabe MP: Chair
Baroness Young of Hornsey: Co-Vice-Chair
Tim Loughton MP: Co-Vice Chair
Lucy Allan MP: Officer
Marie Rimmer MP: Officer
David Simmonds MP: Officer
Lord Watson of Invergowrie: Officer
Joint inquiry into mental health and emotional wellbeing (2015)
The APPG joined with four other APPGs (Child Protection, Penal Affairs and Children) to jointly host a seminar series on promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people.
Following the publication of the Entitlements Inquiry, the APPG held a follow up 'one year on' inquiry. In 2014, between 11th June and 1st September, 181 children in care and care leavers responded to an online survey, as did 233 professionals.