The government has established a group of leading experts from the
voluntary, statutory and private sectors to review care
arrangements for looked-after children.
The National Partnership in Placement Forum will bring together
service commissioners from health, education and social services,
along with representatives from private and voluntary foster
agencies to look at how services should be organised for children
Introduced under the Choice Protects programme, the government
wants the forum to look at how departments and agencies work
together and what can be done to tackle education and health
inequalities for looked-after children.
Its main objective will be to produce a strategic agreement about
the way services should be commissioned, and to look at the best
way to meet the individual needs of children and how best to
maintain quality in foster placements.