Public Sector Executive

18 May 2016

Public health and social care

Councils’ responsibilities for children in care will be expanded under new measures announced in today’s Queen’s Speech.

The Children and Social Work Bill will provide standards for how local authorities should act as a ‘corporate parent’ for children in care as they transition into adulthood, including a requirement to inform care leavers about the services they are entitled to and provide them with a personal adviser up to the age of 25.

The Bill will also establish a statutory regulator for social workers, ensure lessons are learned from serious child safeguarding cases and allow councils to pilot new approaches to child safeguarding.

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