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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers is an informal cross-party group of members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords who share a common interest in improving policy and driving government action to support care-experienced young people. The group was established in 1998 and Become has acted as secretariat of the group since then.

The APPG organises meetings which bring together people with different personal and professional experiences, including those with lived experience of care, professionals and carers, voluntary sector organisations and others to share their expertise with decision makers in government, parliament and local authorities. The APPG also carries out inquiries which explore specific issues in the care system and make recommendations to government.

If you are interested in receiving updates from the APPG about future meetings and other activity, please subscribe to the mailing list using the link below. 

Spotlight Inquiry

In response to the review of children's social care, the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers has launched its 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 January 2020 are:

  • Steve McCabe MP: Chair
  • Baroness Young of Hornsey: Co-Vice-Chair
  • Tim Loughton MP: Co-Vice Chair
  • Lucy Allan MP: Officer
  • Bill Esterson MP: Officer
  • Marie Rimmer MP: Officer
  • David Simmonds MP: Officer
Recent APPG Minutes

26.6.19 - Health services & community activities
01.05.19 – Personal Advisers
13.02.19 - Supporting LGBT+ children in care
24.10.18 – From Care to Careers
4.7.18 - Schools and Learning
18.4.18 -Universal Credit
7.2.18 - Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing
25.10.2017 - Fostering Inquiry
19.04.2017 - Residential Care Review
18.01.2017 - Children and Social Work Bill
29.06.2016 - Identity and Stigma
27.04.16 - Financial Education
2.03.16 - Residential Care
9.12.15 - Staying Put
28.10.15 - Sibling Contact
4.03.15 - Involving Children in Care Planning
21.01.15 - Mental Health and Wellbeing
10.12.2014 - Entitlements Inquiry - One Year On
22.10.14 - Special Educational Needs
11.06.14 - Involving Young People in Services
2.04.14 - Aspiration in Education
5.02.14 - Personal Advisers

 Previous inquiries

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. This report provides a summary of each of the four meetings, and concludes with a set of good practice principles, identified by the participating APPGs, to underpin the provision of mental health and well-being support for children and young people.

The entitlements inquiry one year on (2014)

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. There were also 21 written evidence submissions. The APPG found that children in care and care leavers are still not getting the support that they are legally entitled to, although there has been some increase in knowledge about entitlements.

The entitlements inquiry (2013)

The Entitlements Inquiry, led by Become on behalf of the APPG, heard from over 1,000 children in care, care leavers, and professionals. It asked about ten specific entitlements. It found children in care and young care leavers are not getting the support they are legally entitled to.

Joint inquiry into runaway children and missing adults (2012)

In 2012, the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers and the APPG for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults launched an inquiry into children who go missing or run away from care.

Looking for advice or support?

If you're in or leaving care, or you're supporting someone who is, and you're after some advice or support on anything to do with care, please get in touch through our Care Advice Line at 0800 023 2033 or advice@becomecharity.org.uk