The Weekly News Roundup – 03/04/2023

Take a look at the care related news highlights from the past week, including a new report from Become that looks at the large number of Care Experienced children and young people that are being placed hundreds of miles from home. And North Ayrshire Council are moving to recognise Care Experience as a protected characteristic.

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  • A new report by Become, an English charity, has highlighted the scale of the problem in England where Care Experienced people are being placed hundreds of miles away from home.

Britain’s care homes crisis: children sent to live hundreds of miles away | Children | The Guardian

  • North Ayrshire council has put forth a motion to recognise Care Experience as a protected characteristic.

North Ayrshire Council: Motion to protect care-experienced children | Irvine Times

Here’s your news from across the UK:

  • The Open University and the John Lewis Partnership have teamed up to offer young people with care experience undergraduate scholarships.

Open University and John Lewis Partnership launch care leaver scholarships | CYP Now

  • Charities have come together to write a letter critical of the government’s anti-social behaviour punishment plans.

  • Thousands of children across Newcastle are to receive free meals this Easter. 

Thousands of children across Newcastle to receive free meals this Easter – Chronicle Live

  • Local authorities in England to receive funding from the Department of Education to support 16 – 19 year olds currently in care.

  • Wolverhampton council is working to provide more employment opportunities for Care Experienced people.

  • Three Care Experienced people who had positive experiences of care discuss the system today and how things need to change.

  • Charity calls for 66 missing unaccompanied asylum seeking children to be named wards of the court.

  • The government has responded to its consultation on supported housing standards for Care Experienced people aged 16 – 17.

  • Opinion piece arguing that schools should be able to exclude any pupil, including those with additional support needs and those who are Care Experienced.

  • The Department of Education has published its 2021 – 2022 outcomes for children in need.

  • Sector leaders warn that the Department of Education’s supported accommodation plans are worse than expected.

Here’s your news from the rest of the world: 

  • Families in Hong Kong should receive larger cash incentives and educational support to foster children, according to a report from a body established after a series of abuse scandals at childcare centres came to light in 2021.

Offer Hong Kong families larger cash incentives to foster children, says expert panel created to combat abuse of youngsters at care centres | South China Morning Post (