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Open letter urges withdrawal of key parts of new ‘myth busting’ guide about England’s care system

50 organisations and social work experts write to Children Minister

In an open letter to Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, 50 organisations and social work experts have urged withdrawal of key parts of the new 'myth busting' guide about England's care system. The guide was recently published on the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme microsite.

The open letter, published on the Together for Children website, states:

"Several parts of the ['myth busting' guide] incorrectly describe the statutory framework for England's care system. Following legal advice, we ask that these sections be immediately withdrawn to avoid the risk of confusion and to prevent any harmful effects on vulnerable children and young people, and those caring for them.

"It is of utmost importance that legal certainty be maintained when it comes to the care and protection of vulnerable children and young people looked after by local authorities. To frame as 'myths' a series of questions about the care system's statutory framework is unhelpful. This is because it gives the impression that key parts of current social work knowledge and understanding are untruths."

The letter continues, setting out the specific concerns about the guide.

The signatories to the letter include the ALC, Nagalro, Coram Children's Legal Centre, NYAS, the Care Leavers' Association and two former Children's Commissioners for England.

For the letter, click here. For the guide to which it refers, click here.