NCB co-ordinates the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for children, taking the voices of children and young people to the heart of Government.
The APPGC is chaired by Tim Loughton MP and Baroness Tyler. Details of other members of the Group can be found here.
Together we hold inquiries to raise awareness of issues putting children at risk and work across Government to influence the development of policy that brings about the best for babies, children and young people.
Parliamentary event on children’s social care reform
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children, with the National Children’s Bureau as Secretariat, are hold a Parliamentary event on children’s social care reform. This in-person event will be held in Parliament on Tuesday 8 November between 3pm and 5pm.
The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care has given us a once in a generation opportunity to improve the lives of children, and the theme of this event will be strengthening families and re-balancing the system towards early intervention. As we move towards publication of the government’s implementation strategy, it is crucial that we maintain momentum for change.
This event will bring together key players from the Independent Review, senior officials, prominent MPs and Lords, the top academics in the field and leaders from the children’s sector. Young people and parents with experience of children’s social care will play a central role in proceedings.
If you would like to attend, please could you RSVP to Samantha Dicken (email@example.com)
Putting children at the heart of integrated services
On Monday 6 December 2021, the APPGC met to discuss the implications of the Health and Care Bill for babies, children, young people, and families, and the improvements that may be offered by new Integrated Care Systems. Speakers include Govt ministers Will Quince MP and Edward Argar, Children's Commissioner for England Rachel de Souza, and young people and parents who have benefited from integrated care.
One of the parents - Leanne - shared her experience of living through a mental health crisis, and how integrated care supported her recovery, in a short video.
You can find out more about this meeting of the APPGC in our news item.
Putting children at the heart of Government spending decisions
The APPGC recently held a private and high profile round table event on early help and early intervention in social care with leading policymakers, Parliamentarians and academics.
APPGC event on spending
The APPGC ran an exciting high-profile event where children and young people shared their experiences and expressed their priorities for Government spending directly to Parliamentarians and senior Treasury officials
Find out more about this area of work here.
APPGC event on recovery
The APPGC has previously focused on protecting children's interests in the coronavirus pandemic, listening to children, young people and parents, and bringing children's organisations together to call for action.
The video below shows the impact of lockdown to the APPGC in July 2020. Children and young people presented the video and discussed the issues with Parliamentarians to make a case for change.
Following the event on recovery, young people presented to a board of senior civil servants. A young person’s blog about their experience can be found here.
Inquiry into children's social care
In July 2018, the APPGC published results of a 10-month inquiry into the causes of different threshold levels for accessing children’s social care services. ‘Storing Up Trouble’ found that vulnerable children and families face a postcode lottery in the levels of support offered to them by services.
This followed the Group’s longer 2016/17 Inquiry into children’s social care services in England. Among other things, the Inquiry report, ‘No Good Options’ found significant variation in the number of children accessing children’s social care services across the country.
To be added to the APPGC mailing list and receive info on future meetings, please contact Dustin Hutchinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Income and Expenditure Statement for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children can be viewed here.