A PERSONAL STATEMENT FROM LEON FEINSTEIN ON HIS ROLE AS CHAIR OF THE EVIDENCE GROUP FOR THE MACALISTER REVIEW OF CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE, WHICH PUBLISHED ITS CASE FOR CHANGE ON 17TH JUNE
A frank and honest opinion piece by Leon Feinstein on the evidence so far to inform the once in a lifetime care review.
‘ I don’t think the question of the appropriate balance between statutory care of children and wider support to families is resolved by the evidence available, nor do we know enough in aggregate about what structures best help people provide the right supports to which groups of children at the right times. I agree it is good to have a debate about these things. The available evidence can inform and there will be more evidence gathering in the next stages of the review.
I hope that the review goes on to make valuable and effective recommendations that address many of the issues and challenges raised in evidence to the review and that these lead to real improvements to the experiences of children, families and care experienced people. I hope that the review is able to address the clear call from those with care experience to be heard, not just in the review, but in perpetuity. ‘