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Fostering A New Approach Episode 5: Unregulated accommodation for children in care and care leavers

15 Jun 2020

Fostering A New Approach Episode 5: Unregulated accommodation for children in care and care leavers

Leicestershire Cares’ latest care experienced podcast, Fostering a New Approach, explores the issues that have lead the government to conduct a consultation into unregulated accommodation for children in care and care leavers.

This week Casey and Diana talk about independent and semi-independent accommodation, which includes hostels, foyer, flats, shared housing and supported living. At the moment these provisions are unregulated so there is no national standard for them and they are not open to inspections from Ofsted.

Main talking points:

  • When are you really mature enough to only receive support and not care?
  • The pros and cons of living independently or semi-independently.
  • The quality of accommodation. “If a staff member walks into a room and thinks, I wouldn’t sleep in here, then why am I expected to?
  • The risks of moving out of your area.
  • We just want to feel safe.

Research

Views of care experienced people sought by the government: Article39.org

'Lonely' and 'unsafe': Young people's experiences of unregulated supported accommodation: Children and Young People Now

Unregulated provision – public consultation will be “fundamentally flawed” without meaningful consultation with children and young people: Article39.org

Life

Get involved in the podcast

If you have a questions for Casey and Diana to discuss on their podcast, tweet them at @LeicsCares #CEYPPODCAST or email jacob@leicestershirecares.co.uk

For more information about our Voices project contact jacob@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Find out how we work with care experienced young people

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Past Podcasts

Fostering A New Approach Episode 1: Care leavers in lockdown

Fostering A New Approach Episode 2: What makes a good support worker for care experienced young people

Fostering A New Approach Episode 3: The Exit Strategy for Care Leavers

Fostering A New Approach Episode 4: Housing and Accommodation