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Published, 16 May 2016

Prime Minister will shake up England's child care system

New laws in England will encourage the permanent adoption of children.

David Cameron has called for 'zero tolerance to state failure', concerning the high number of care experienced young people who drift into crime, the sex trade and homelessness. He agrees there is a need for additional support into adulthood as part of a covenant, providing stability for young people up to the age of 25.

The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant continues to push for this in Scotland, encouraging local authorities and other organisations to provide advice, guidance and assistance for care leavers transitioning into adulthood.

The Prime Minister also praised foster carers and hinted at a move towards more adoptions by new families and less placements with distant relatives.

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