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Care Inquiry holds first session under chairmanship of Dorit Braun

First session on 14th November will explore recent trends in children care law and practice

Dorit Braun, currently chief executive of The College of Social Work, has been announced as the chair of the Care Inquiry sessions. The Care Inquiry is a collaboration of specialist charities representing care options for children comprising 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? 

The first formal session will take place on Wednesday 14 November. Making Sense of the Evidence will explore recent trends in the law and practice for children in care in England. The aim is to set the context for the Inquiry, through discussing a 'state of the nation' overview that considers current trends in state intervention and in the care population and how these have changed over time. The Inquiry will also examine the evidence about different routes to finding stable and secure homes for children.

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network and chair of the Care Inquiry, said:

"We are delighted that Dorit has agreed to chair the Inquiry sessions – she brings a wealth of experience and is herself passionate about how best to provide better futures for looked-after children.

"This first session gives us the chance to explore what has been happening in the care system over the past 20 years, what has worked, what hasn't, and what lessons we can learn for the future." 

Making sense of the evidence - changing trends in state intervention and in the care population, and their impact on permanence takes place in London on Wednesday 14 November. Attendance is by invitation only.

The Care Inquiry will hold two further evidence collating sessions in December and January, with a final report due out by spring 2013.

The aim of the Inquiry, which is supported by the Nuffield Foundation, is to collect and explore the evidence on what actually works for children, in order to make recommendations to central and local government about how to succeed in helping them achieve long-term stability and security.

For more information visit www.pinterest.com/thecareinquiry.

To submit evidence or experiences to the Inquiry, see http://pinterest.com/thecareinquiry/the-care-inquiry-information-and-resources .