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Care Inquiry launched

The Care Inquiry is being undertaken by eight specialist charities: Adoption UK, British Association of Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), Family Rights Group, the Fostering Network, Research in Practice, TACT, The Together Trust and The Who Cares? Trust.

The inquiry will look into the best ways of providing stable and permanent homes for children in England who are unable to live with their birth families as well as how to best meet the needs of those children.

Evidence gathering sessions will be carried out in November, December and January with a final report due to be published in spring 2013 at which time it is hoped to make recommendations on what needs to be improved by getting involved in debates in parliament on the upcoming Children And Families Bill.

It is already understood that children who are moved around the care system tend not to do as well in school, find it harder to make friends and form close relationships and can become more vulnerable to child protection issues. All the charities involved in the review believe that finding a stable home for a child can change their lives and help them to realise their own potential.