Earlier this year, Pause submitted our recommendations to the Care Review, with a focus on how we can better support the women whose children have been removed. We were very pleased to see those recommendations included in the recent Case for Change.
At the same time, we recognise the care system is a complex one. We see the Care Review Case for Change as a starting point to encourage more dialogue and gather more input, and an acknowledgment of the nuances involved in the whole care system. We know that taking part in this dialogue can be emotive and complicated for all, but children, parents and wider families, as well as a whole range of professionals, need us to do this.
So in the coming weeks, as Pause’s continued contribution, we will be meeting with our national and local practice leads, our practitioners, and the women with whom we work to delve more deeply into what we see as being the key question posed within the initial Care Review that we feel well placed on which to comment:
“Given the clear evidence of positive outcomes and value for money of programmes that support parents on the edge of care and post removal, why aren’t they more widely available and what will it take to make this care.”
During this time, we will also publish a series of blogs that go into more depth on the four specific recommendations we made to the Care Review, as well as providing insights from the women with whom we work. We already see the difference that having a specific service supporting women after removal can make, so that the removal of a child should never have to happen more than once.
We invite you to read our submission to the Care Review here. https://www.pause.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Pause-key-messages-and-recommendations-for-the-Care-Review-June-2021.pdf
As always, we’re grateful to the women with whom we work who share their lives, thoughts and experiences with us in the development of our recommendation.
Ellen Marks, Director of Practice and Learning at Pause