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Consultation

Care experienced children and young people

Purpose of the consultation

The Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly is seeking information to inform their inquiry into care experienced children and young people.

Background

The Public Accounts Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry looking at public services for care experienced children and young people (who are, or have been, ‘looked after’ by a local authority under the Children Act 1989 and Social Services and Well-being Act 2014) within its remit of considering the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which resources are employed in the discharge of public functions in Wales

Terms of Reference

The Committee intends to make this a long-term inquiry spanning across the fifth Assembly. The Committee has initially identified four areas which are outlined below:

  • Expenditure and value for money of public services for care experienced children and young people; 
  • The effectiveness of local authority corporate parenting arrangements;
  • Value for money and the effectiveness of current arrangements for care placements; 
  • Value for money of the Pupil Development Grant for care experienced children.

The Committee intends to start this inquiry by considering the first of these areas, and would welcome your views on the specific questions below:

  • The overall cost to and value for money of the range public services aimed at improving outcomes for care experienced children and young people; 
  • Whether the Welsh Government’s desired outcomes for care experienced children and young people are being delivered by the current levels of public expenditure;
  • Whether the extent of spending specific to care experienced children and young people is sufficiently transparent across the range of public services; 
  • Whether public bodies have placed sufficient emphasis on a long-term preventative spend approach, in line with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, to maximise the benefits of public expenditure for this group of children.

The deadline for responses is 15 September 2017. Please send your views to:

SeneddPAC@Assembly.Wales

Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Public Accounts Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

Email: SeneddPAC@assembly.wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565

 

 

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