Tavistock Clinic Foundation

Care Matters Partnership campaign

The Tavistock Clinic Foundation has recently established the Care Matters Partnership, a policy and campaigning Partnership between the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (our founder), the British Association for Adoption and Fostering and Coram Family. The Partnership will be working over the coming months to amend the recent Care Matters Bill, relating to children and young people in the care system.

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



The Care Matters Partnership welcome the Government’s recognition and drive to improve the experiences of children in care, and while agreeing in many of the plans laid out in the Bill, it does have concerns and will be focusing in the coming months on the following broad aims: • To promote a stronger mental health and developmental perspective • To promote a greater focus on the psychological and emotional wellbeing of the children and young people as being key to increasing access to opportunities • To ensure the message of attachment, enduring relationships and quality of care in relation to resilience and emotional wellbeing are embedded in the whole strategy in a cohesive way • To ensure legislation promotes outreach services for children, young people, their families and carers • To highlight the need for the legislation to take account of the complexity of the care system e.g., kinship care, special guardianship, retained contact with biological parents Care Matters Partnership will focus on the promotion of the following specific objectives in relation to the Bill: • Joint commissioning for health, education and social services to ensure joined up working • Continuity of placements of children with social workers • Ring fenced funds for social work • Mandatory levels of training, for all social workers • Improved Continuous Professional Development requirements for social workers, inked to revalidation • An adequate support structure, mirroring Clinical Governance models in the NHS, with regular supervisions from senior staff and peer groups to ensure social workers have adequate reflective space • Guidelines on case load for social workers • Extend the duty of care to include family carers as well as foster carers, with the right for support The Partnership are looking for £10,000 of funding to help us achieve our aims. This money will be used throughout the passage of the legislation for mailings, events with Government and proactive media campaigns, to ensure we successfully lobby for all children in the care system to have access to the highest quality services.