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year on from #GoneTooFar 

A year on from the launch of our #GoneTooFar campaign on 25 April 2023, we look back at our key achievements on the campaign trail.

It’s been one year since we launched #GoneTooFar: Our campaign to keep children in care close to the people and places that matter to them.

We’re calling on the Government to:

  1. Commit to stop children being moved miles from home (unless in their best interests)
  2. Develop and publish national and local strategies to increase the supply of appropriate local options, so that children don’t have to be moved miles away from their support networks.

Download our two-pager summary of #GoneTooFar to understand the issue and our asks.

Highlights from a year of campaigning:

This is a national issue facing local authorities across the country, yet despite recent proposals to improve the care system, there’s still no national commitment or strategy to keep children close to the people and places that matter to them when it is in their best interest.

Our #GoneTooFar campaign seeks to keep children in care close to the people and places that matter to them – ensuring they have the love, stability, and security we all need to thrive.

“If we want the best outcomes for all care-experienced young people then we have to keep them within their local area, keep those relationships intact, keep that sense of community so they become the best person they can be.” – Kevin

Our #GoneTooFar campaign.

We had press coverage in 21 national outlets, including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV News and more.

For the launch, Channel 4 covered Isabelle’s story of being moved far from what she knew and the impact this had on her.

“I lost my roots. They’re the fundamentals of who you are as a child and a teenager.”

Watch Isabelle’s Channel 4 piece here.

#GoneTooFar in the media.

Lord Watson highlighted that being moved far away can negatively impact a child’s relationships as it can separate them from the people that matter the most to them. You can read our Tweets summarising the debate here or watch the full debate here.

Lib Dem spokesperson for Education, Munira Wilson MP, met with us

Labour shadow minister for Education, Helen Hayes MP, met with us

Our #GoneTooFar campaign group is powered by young people with lived experience of being moved far away while in care.

Together, we created a game to play with the general public to find out how far they’d move and all the people, home comforts, and conveniences they’d need to go with them.

Watch our short film. 

On 4 December, we met with Stuart Andrew MP in Westminster.

At the meeting we all talked about: 

  • the impact of distance moves on children in care,  
  • the sense of loneliness and isolation that some children experience 
  • & more

Read more about our meeting.

We know through our work with care-experienced children and young people that Christmas can be a particularly isolating and lonely time.  Our ‘Settled at Christmas’ research explores how many children and young people in care are moved over the Christmas period, as such instability is likely to compound the loneliness and isolation many already feel.

In England between 18 December 2022 and 3 January 2023, at least 2,139 children were moved or came into care.

Read our Settled at Christmas report.

We met David Johnston MP, Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing.

Our #GoneTooFar campaign group, alongside Hackney of Tomorrow, screened two short films in the House of Lords.

Read more about our day in Parliament & watch both films.

#GoneTooFar – a year on

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