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Kinship foster carer, Jenny, has overcome every hurdle with her grandchildren and is proud to see them thriving at university.
'In July 2008 my grandchildren came to stay with me under the supervision of children’s services. Their mother – my daughter – had struggled with mental illness and accompanying demons of drugs and alcohol for many years. They returned home to her several months later, but by spring 2009 they came back to me on a child protection order. They have remained with me ever since.
We have been disappointed with the negative portrayal of care and the experience of looked after children in some media over the last few days, surrounding the new documentary series by Lemn Sissay.
The number of care experienced young people in England who are benefiting from a piece of flagship legislation designed to enable them to stay living with their foster carers until the age of 21 is woefully low and simply not good enough.
What’s the problem?
Young people are missing out on the chance to stay living with their foster families after they turn 18. Although the law says young people can remain under Staying Put until they are 21 if both parties agree, financial and cultural barriers mean this is not happening often enough.
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A new duty on local authorities in England came into force on 13 May 2014, in part 5 Welfare of Children (98) of the Children and Families Act 2014.
This requires local authorities in England to facilitate, monitor and support staying put arrangements for fostered young people until they reach the age of 21, where this is what they and their foster carers want unless the local authority considers that the staying put arrangement is not consistent with the welfare of the young person.