‘The single factor most closely associated with positive outcomes for children is meaningful, lifelong connections to family.’
Family Rights Group developed Lifelong Links in collaboration with key stakeholders including local authorities, young people in care and care leavers, parents and foster carers. Lifelong Links aims to ensure that a child in care has a positive support network around them to help them during their time in care and into adulthood.
From April 2020 Lifelong Links has been funded in England by the Department for Education’s Innovation Unit; The KPMG Foundation; The Dulverton Trust and The Rayne Foundation.
In Scotland a five year trial of Lifelong Links is ongoing involving five local authorities. The trial in Scotland has been funded by The KPMG Foundation, The Robertson Trust, The Esmee Fairburn Foundation and RS Macdonald Charitable Trust.
foster carers' perspectives
A big thank you to Hertfordshire County Council who produced the “Introducing Lifelong Links” film in collaboration with young people (and), to North Yorkshire County Council who worked with Family Rights Group to produce the foster carers film and Matt from Doncaster Children’s Trust with “Connections matter”.