Two things you need to do this week

Our lives are busy.  Finding time to fit anything extra in can be a challenge.  However, this week there are two things you really need to find time to do.

Write 50-100 words about the importance of children’s social care law in your child’s life.

Together for ChildrenThe Children and Social Work Bill threatens to remove or change the social care duties that councils have towards vulnerable children. More than 80 years of legislation is affected, from the social care provisions of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 through to the Care Act 2014.

If the Bill becomes law, individual councils could be excused from their legal duties towards vulnerable children, including those being supported through the child protection system, looked after children, care leavers and disabled children.

A major campaign launched last month to fight these changes. Many parents, grandparents and carers have already joined the campaign, which is called Together for Children.
Ahead of the next stage of the Bill’s passage through the Lords, Together for Children is seeking short testimonies from children, young people, care leavers and families for its campaign website.

Testimonies should be around 50-100 words long and explain the importance of children’s social care law in the child or young person’s life – whether they live with their parents, with foster carers, in an institutional setting or they are care leavers.

Information will be uploaded on to the Together for Children site, and organisations will be encouraged to incorporate the testimony into their briefings to Parliament.

Please submit via the ‘Contact us’ part of the Together for Children site, noting that you are happy for the information to be shared online.

Deadline for submissions – 17th October

Check out (and share) the new 7 Days of Action website and campaign

7 days of actionBetween 2500 and 3000 people with autism and learning difficulties are currently detained in some form of in-patient setting and over 30,000 are at risk of being placed in one.

SevenDaysofAction is:

  • a family led campaign to get people with autism and learning difficulties out of in-patient settings and back into their communities;
  • to keep them in their communities once they are home
  • and to stop them from having to leave their communities in the first place

The new site launches today.  The website’s latest campaign also shares the stories, some of which will break your heart and leave you shaking your head in disbelief that such things still happen.

It also offers an amazing resource directory for families.

With thanks:

Bringing Us Together are honoured to be involved in the 7 days of Action campaign and also the development of their website.  We would like to thank Care Management Group and Choice Support who have provided funding towards the cost of running the site.

Debs Aspland

Mum to three great kids, each with a different SEN. Transplanted from the NW to the SE. Co-founder and Director of Bringing Us Together

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