Research and analysis

Ensuring a voice for looked-after children and care leavers

This publication was withdrawn on 22 August 2016

This good practice example has been withdrawn as it is older than 3 years and may no longer reflect current policy.

Ofsted good practice example showing how Southwark empowers involvement and ensures a voice for looked after children and care leavers.



Southwark’s Speaker Box provides support to looked after children and care leavers, targeting those aged from 8 to 24 years. It ensures that they have a voice; that the messages from consultation are heard and acted on by decision-makers. Speaker Box operates independently and is run by those in care and care leavers. It is supported by children’s services practitioners, senior managers, elected members and other agencies including health and youth services.