Looked after children (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/1992
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In recent weeks there has been a focus on Children's mental health, with studies indicating that state of the mental health of looked-after children is significantly poorer than that of their peers, with almost half of children and young people in care meeting the criteria for a psychiatric disorder.

Children in care and care leavers are more likely to experience poor health, educational and social outcomes. Young people leaving care in the UK are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers and they are also more likely to enter the criminal justice system. 23% of adult prisoners have been in care, and 40% of prisoners under 21.

Does the Mayor agree that looked after children are one of the most vulnerable cohorts of children and young people? And if so, does the Mayor agree that there should be focused priority and ultimately a dedicated Champion of this overlooked subset of children and young people in London?

Answer

Answer for Looked after children (1)

Answer for Looked after children (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree that looked after children are some of the most disadvantaged in society and more likely to experience poor health, educational and social outcomes - this is unacceptable.

I am committed to tackling this inequality and supporting local authorities to fulfil their corporate parenting duties to ensure looked after children and care leavers are safe, supported and have high aspirations.

My Peer Outreach Team include a number of young people with care backgrounds, who lead and support a range of projects for children in care, advocating for them and helping them to have their voices heard to influence policy and decision making.