This is the second blog in our Care Review Case for Change series exploring our four specific recommendations to the Care Review. You can read our recommendations in full here: Pause’s key messages and recommendations for The Care Review – Pause – Creating Space for Change
Recently, women who work with Pause took part in a series of focus groups with the Care Review team and Angela Frazer-Wicks, a member of the Care Review Expert by Experience Board. The women provided first-hand accounts of their experiences with children’s social care and what they feel needs to improve. A lot of what they talked about touched upon the lack of consistency and stability in the care system. This blog focuses on that and our first recommendation to the Care Review, which was around Consistency, Stability and Communication.
Our vision is a care system that recognises, understands and counts women who have experienced the removal of a child from their care. For women to be recognised, understood, and counted, first they must be heard. The foundation of care should be stable, trusting relationships, which support learning about love, parenting and positive relationships. In the focus groups, women told us that this stability and foundation-building felt particularly lacking or non-existent in the care system.
These vital conversations with women who work with Pause formed the bedrock of the Pause contribution to the Case for Change and continue to inform our evidence-based input to the Care Review.
Many of the women supported by Pause share that they never saw, felt or learned about love, family and stable relationships at a young age. These early experiences continue to impact them later in life. Therefore, care systems need to strengthen, if not create, strong foundations to support women as they begin to experience positive relationships, love and family.
“I had to learn boundaries; I didn’t feel like I had no one in my life, which led to poor relationships and lifestyles choices,” – woman on the Pause Programme.
The top five words women spoke of when thinking about what they needed from the care system were:
An important part of this foundation building is consistent, honest and clear communication throughout the care system. We want to see a system that has straightforward communications with children and families, and that reduces the use of complex jargon to ensure that everyone understands what is happening and why.
Hear from a woman who worked with Pause talk about the power of this approach in the Pause and Listen podcast episode The Difference a Relationship Makes: Pause and Listen: The difference a relationship makes on Apple Podcasts
You can read our recommendations to the Care Review here: Pause’s key messages and recommendations for The Care Review – Pause – Creating Space for Change
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