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Protecting family relationships: Good contact in care

Children in Wales have launched a new guide for care experienced young people on good contact in care.

We know this is a really crucial issue for children and young people. Children and young people want to be listened to and to have a say when decisions are being made about what kind of contact they have. We also know from our work with kinship carers that contact features as a major concern for them too.

This guide has been designed to get children and young people thinking about their contact arrangements and what they would like these to look like in practice. It also has case study examples and quotes from children and young people who have experience of managing these issues as well as advice and support if needed.

We asked young people what ‘good’ contact meant to them - words to describe good contact include safe, normal, enjoyable, longer, normal, supported, welcome, easy, choices, not so emotional

We worked in partnership with Voices from Care to develop this guide and we will be looking to take this piece of work further by ensuring this issue is kept on the agenda with key stakeholders and corporate parents across Wales.

Our guide to contact complements and sits with additional resources for young people on topics including children’s rights, health and well-being, mental health, healthy eating and exercise as well as our guide on health assessments.

The guide is available online at www.childreninwales.org.uk/resources/looked-after-children.

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