Cameron outlines social work reforms

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to change the way local authorities help children in care.

Cameron made the announcement ahead of ahead of the Queen’s Speech, promising that there would be ‘zero tolerance of state failure’, with new reforms for social workers. The new measure will include a care-leaver’s covenant, which will ensure local authorities detail what young people are entitled to do, including housing, jobs and healthcare.

Local authorities will also be made to provide a mentor for each care-leaver up to the age of 25. Cameron added that changes to the law would help ‘tip the balance in favour of permanent adoption’.