Family Rights Group collaborated with a number of local authorities and other stakeholders, including young people in care, their families, foster carers and social workers to develop Lifelong Links. The aim of Lifelong Links is to ensure that children in care have a positive support network to help them during their time in care and later as young adults.
Funded by the Department for Education, the Lifelong Links approach was trialled with 13 English local authorities from April 2017 until March 2020 and independently evaluated by Rees Centre, University of Oxford. Five local authorities are trialling Lifelong Links in Scotland until March 2022 (funded by charitable trusts). CELCIS, University of Strathclyde is undertaking the evaluation in Scotland.
We have now managed to secure additional funding from the Department for Education to support the implementation of Lifelong Links with children in care and care leavers in 20 local authorities. We have additional funding from charitable trusts to explore the use of Lifelong Links with other children and young people, including those at risk of exploitation. Our aim is that Lifelong Links is rolled out as an option to all children in care in the UK.
Family Rights Group is a charity whose aims are to enable children to be raised safely and thrive within their family and community and to strengthen the positive family and community support networks of young people who cannot live with their parents. You will be committed to the objectives of Family Rights Group.
Location: You will usually be based in our office in Dalston, London and you will be expected to travel regularly. (NB during the Covid-19 crisis FRG staff are working from home).
Closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 5th July.
Interviews to be held on Thursday July 9th 2020.