Bill-020 - Ken Skates - Continuity from Care into Adult Life Bill
A Member must provide ‘pre-ballot information’ to set out the intended purpose of their proposed Bill before it is entered into the Presiding Officer's ballot. This information is set out below.
Policy Objectives of the Bill
The policy objective of the proposed bill is to ensure that where local authority care has successfully achieved stability for a looked after child, this success is not lost because the young person is obliged to leave care on reaching 18 years old. It would seek to replace the abrupt ending of care with gradual phases tailored to the individual young person’s needs until the age of 25.
Where placement stability has not been achieved by the time the young person wishes to leave care, the objective of the Bill is to secure such continuity as is possible in the particular circumstances by enhancing current requirements for continuing contact and support until the age of 25.
Consultation has been carried out with a range of groups, including:
- Barnardos Cymru
- Action for Children
- Children’s Commissioner for Wales