Joint letter to the Minister and the list of signatories
Firstly NIROMP wishes to give recognition and thanks to Article 39 and their legal advisors for analysing and responding to this government document, which was published without consultation. Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39 co-ordinated the joint letter with 50 signatories including NIROMP. She said:
“It is notable that not one of the questions posed about the care system seeks to give children and young people more time, resources or support than what is already set out in the statutory framework. With local authorities struggling financially to meet their legal duties, it’s hard not to conclude that this agenda is about cutting costs and reducing the role of councils.”
- Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39
The open letter to the Minister describes how the recently published ‘myth busting’ guide to interpreting the statutory framework for children’s social care threatens to undermine safeguards for vulnerable children.
Selection of social media responses
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