Research & policy

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As a children’s charity, TACT seeks to influence public policy around care. Our Policy, Communications and Fundraising department undertakes research and policy work in order to influence politicians and other policy makers across the UK. Much of this work also feeds into TACT’s press and campaigning work.

Consultation responses

Our recent consultation responses include:

TACT response to the Health Select Committee’s inquiry into children and adolescent mental health and CAMHS

TACT response to Department for Education consultation: improving permanence for looked after children

See other TACT briefings and consultation responses

Children and Families Bill

Find out more about our work on the Children and Families Bill:

July 2013: TACT briefing for Grand Committee in the House of Lords

June 2013: TACT briefing for Second Reading of the Bill in the House of Lords

June 2013: TACT briefing ahead of Children and Families Bill debate

May 2013 TACT calls for radical reform for children looked after by the state

May 2013 Still Our Children – Case for reforming the leaving care system in England

March 2013 Briefing for Committee Stage in the House of Commons

February 2013 TACT called to give evidence to Children and Families Bill Committee

February 2013 Briefing for 2nd reading in the House of Commons

February 2013 TACT response to the Children and Families Bill – a missed opportunity?

Our comments

Here’s a list of the latest comments we’ve made on policy affecting children in care:

25/07/13 – A Charter for all seasons?
TACT comments on the impact that changes to emergency support are having on vulnerable families and young people

28/01/13 – Local authority adoption services: avoiding the last chance saloon
TACT comments on the Government’s latest proposals to tackle delay in the adoption system

13/12/12 – TACT comments on education statistics of looked after children
The Department for Education releases statistics on education and other outcomes for looked after children in England

20/11/12 – TACT comments on the problems of meeting adoption targets
Excessive emphasis on adoption could have a negative impact on vulnerable children in care

07/11/12 – TACT comments on report on the protection of children
We urge the Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson MP to take the recommendations seriously

31/10/12 – TACT comments on the Care Leavers Charter
We welcome the Charter as a statement of intent of support for care leavers

25/10/12 – TACT comments on the call to reform children’s services in Scotland
We respond to an Information Daily article about the need for improved quality of services

24/10/12 – TACT comments on the link between prisoners and the care system
We respond to the Prime Minister’s quote that a quarter of prisoners were in care as children

11/10/12 – TACT comments on virtual schools report
Report shows that virtual schools are not closing the educational gap for looked-after children

26/09/12 – TACT comments on Department for Education statistics
This week the Department for Education released the 2012 statistics for looked after children, including adoption

10/09/12 – TACT comments on the education report ‘Education Matters in Care’
Gareth Crossman comments on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers report ‘Education Matters in Care’



What you think

  • Wish we could have started with TACT 22 years ago. It's so nice to see staff so focused on the best outcomes for the children. Keep up the excellent work - TACT Foster Carer
  • If you’ve been considering adoption the new process is nothing to be afraid of and the support from TACT has been first rate - TACT Adopter
  • Mr and Mrs Clark have demonstrated their commitment to Paul's long term care and this has enabled him to enjoy a stable and secure placement where he feels safe and valued - TACT Local Authority partner
  • Eventually the children open up and blossom and it’s amazing. You can see how they come on and watch the anger replaced with laughter and affection - TACT Foster Carer
  • I know only too well the issues faced by children in care, which is why I strongly believe in the work TACT does to transform lives - Lorraine Pascale, TACT Patron
  • The survival weekend was a great experience, even with no sleep! Burnt potatoes, telling ghost stories. I made lots of new friends - TACT Young Person
  • I had a truly fantastic experience running the London Marathon, which I would not have been able to do without the fantastic support of the TACT team - TACT supporter
  • We were struck by how helpful and friendly everyone is and this is one of the main reasons we chose TACT - TACT Foster Carer
  • Sue and Colin are outstanding carers who have provided an excellent standard of care and have worked well with children services - TACT Local Authority partner
  • TACT has been amazing. This is our second adoption. If the house could take another we would not hesitate to go through TACT - TACT Adopter

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