Have you or will you meet with Josh MacAlister, the author of the forthcoming review on children’s care, given that you co-convene the London Local Authority Network for Care Leavers? What are the specific implications of his review for London? Please be specific.
As a result of years of austerity and an increase in the number of children in care - exacerbated by Covid-19, there is a significant funding shortfall for London’s social care services. Although I have no statutory responsibility for these services, I welcome the review of children’s social care and envisage that the implications for London will be similar to the rest of the country. We need to ensure that we have a care system that protects and supports vulnerable children and their families and is adequately resourced and funded. The London Local Authority Network for Care Leavers helps to improve outcomes for care leavers by sharing good practice and opportunities across London boroughs.
Whilst I have not met with Josh MacAlister, my Deputy Mayor, Joanne McCartney, would welcome the opportunity to meet once the review is published to discuss the implications of the review for London, and update him on the work of the London Local Authority Network for Care Leavers and development of the pan-London offer to improve outcomes for care leavers.