(i) Re: Central and Local Government

Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21 November 2001.

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We have been very influential in pushing for change to benefit the care population, particularly through Quality Protects 1999-2004, Education Guidance for young people in public care (DH/DfES 2000)and The Children (Leaving Care)Act 2000, in force since 1 .10.2001.

We have also conducted a range of consultations with children and young people for central government. We are currently involved in this way with the Social Exclusion Unit on a joint consultation questionnaire aimed at looked after children to assess their educational progress.

We have created a range of innovative development programmes for professionals and carers in local authorities to improve practice in education, health and wellbeing and preparation for independence, thereby creating more opportunities for children in public care, higher aspirations for them and greater expectations of them. All programmes are devised with the involvement of children and young people.

This approach to practice development offers the best of voluntary sector creativity whilst addressing all requirements of existing and new policy and legislation.