Looked-after children green paper must focus on prevention, says NCH

The looked-after children green paper – which the government has confirmed will be published on Monday – must focus on preventing children being taken into care, a national charity said today.

NCH, which claims to work with more children in care than any other charity, says the paper must also focus on mental health and increased support for care leavers.

The charity wants all professionals to be trained to understand the needs of children in care, and says looked-after children should have continuous access to a variety of health services.

It also called for the average age for leaving care to be increased to 21, from the existing 16, and an end to the use of bed and breakfast for homeless care leavers.

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