There are almost one hundred thousand children in care in the UK and they face significant disadvantages in life.
The average child in care enters care at age 14, which is a crucial point academically. Only 12% of care leavers have entered higher education by the age of 23 and many care leavers rely on Universal Credit as their main source of income.
Too often children in care 'pinball around the system' meaning they don't have the opportunity to build strong support networks. Care leavers have sometimes lived in up to 20 foster placements or care homes. On leaving care, 1 in 4 young people have to sofa surf, and 4 in 10 are unable to pay the required deposit for housing.
This is simply unacceptable.
That's why at our conference today, members voted for new policy supporting children in care and care leavers:
All children and care leavers deserve far more support than is currently on offer.
The Government must introduce further measures to ensure that adverse circumstances early in life are not a barrier to reaching a young person's full potential.
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