Care-experienced children and young people as well as their families have unique perspectives on the care system and incorporating their views into decision-making has a range of wider benefits for commissioners.
Moreover, public services in Wales have adopted a Children’s Rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This approach demands that public bodies seek the views of children and young people and take them into account in decision-making processes.
In this context, a growing body of literature has developed reporting the views of children and young people about the care system with the aim of informing policy and practice. There is also a more limited literature which presents the views of birth parents.
This report summarises this literature and identifies the following key findings for commissioners in Wales.