Care experienced voice ‘must be central to care review’

The voice of care experienced people must be central to the government’s promised Care Review, the National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCASC) has heard. Jenny Coles, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) today (6 November) chaired a discussion about the long-awaited review, pledged in the Conservative Party manifesto ahead of last year’s general election. Yusuf Paul McCormack, from campaign group Our Care, Our Say, said: “A Care Review without the voice of the care experienced is like asking a mechanic to design a house or a group of men to design the best sanitary product – it would be based on theory, they wouldn’t know how it feels.” McCormack delivered a moving speech from the perspective of his “inner child” calling on professionals to cultivate trusting and loving relationships with children in care. Read more.