The impact of organisations representing children and young people in public care in the UK

Evans, Helen (2013). The impact of organisations representing children and young people in public care in the UK. Dialogue in Praxis: A Social Work International Journal, 2 (15)(1-2(24-25)) pp. 59–72.

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Abstract

This article traces the impact of advocacy organisations which have been established in the UK to represent young people and children who have spent time in public care. Throughout the twentieth century, abuse scandals came to light which exposed structural deficits in the care ‘system’ and highlighted the vulnerability of young people in the care of the state. Adopting an historical perspective and drawing on interviews with personnel working in the service user-led organisations which emerged in response to these scandals as well as archives, recent literature and policy documents, this paper examines the progress which has been made in giving young people in care a voice and protecting them. The concluding discussion avers that, whilst the initiatives and campaigns of these grassroots organisations have met with some political acknowledgement in each of the countries and there are now good models of empowerment, the direct impact of advocacy organisations is variable and subject to a collocation of factors.

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