Appointment of Care Inquiry session chair welcomed


The Fostering Network has welcomed the announcement of Dorit Braun as the chair of the Care Inquiry sessions, with the first formal session taking place on Wednesday 14 November.

Making Sense of the Evidence will explore recent trends in the law and practice for children in care in England. The aim is to set the context for the Inquiry, through discussing a ‘state of the nation’ overview that considers current trends in state intervention and in the care population and how these have changed over time. The Inquiry will also examine the evidence about different routes to finding stable and secure homes for children.

Dorit, who is currently interim chief executive of The College of Social Work, said: “I am delighted to have been asked to chair the sessions of the Care Inquiry. It represents a very important opportunity to consider what the evidence tells us about how to secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people in the public care system.”

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network and, also chair of the Care Inquiry, said: “We are delighted that Dorit has agreed to chair the Inquiry sessions – she brings a wealth of experience and is herself passionate about how best to provide better futures for looked-after children.

“This first session gives us the chance to explore what has been happening in the care system over the past 20 years, what has worked, what hasn’t, and what lessons we can learn for the future.” 

The Care Inquiry, a collaboration of eight charities (Adoption UK, British Association of Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), Family Rights Group, the Fostering Network, Research in Practice, TACT, The Together Trust and The Who Cares? Trust), aims to collect and explore the evidence on how best to provide stable and secure homes for children in care in England. It is partly funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Making sense of the evidence - changing trends in state intervention and in the care population, and their impact on permanence takes place in London on Wednesday 14 November. Attendance is by invitation only. To submit evidence or experiences to the Inquiry, see or email

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