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The Department for Education’s Response to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

3 Feb 2023

On February 2nd 2023, the Department for Education (DfE) formally announced its response to the recommendations of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England.

In response to the Review’s final report, published in May 2022, the DfE announced its long term strategy for reforming children’s social care “Stable Homes, Built on Love”. The programme of reform is backed by £200 million over the next two years, and will result in changes across the entire children’s social care sector including early help, child protection, workforce training and the care system.

Our strategy, supported by £200 million additional investment over the next two years, is laying the groundwork for long-term, future reform. We will use this initial investment to address urgent issues in children’s social care which will get us ready to spread new ways of working nationally once this Spending Review period concludes, and to legislate at the first opportunity

The Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP Secretary of State for Education

It is positive to see the work of the Care Review, leading to change and we are committed to working with care experienced young people, local and national decision makers, and practitioners, to ensure that the recommendations are implemented, and we continue to reflect ,learn and improve. As is always the case “funding” and “resources” is a big issue and we are keen to explore how the business community can support care experienced young people

Kieran Breen CEO Leicestershire Cares

We have been working with our partners locally and nationally with the support of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, to feed into this process and will be meeting on February 9th to discuss the response. In the meantime, the brief summary of review and response, below is very helpful.

Read the summary here CareReviewSummary