Residential Child Care Special Interest Group launched to aid care providers

AN organisation has been launched to protect and promote the interests of children in care in Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys.

Care Forum Wales, the care sector’s main representative body, has created a Residential Child Care Special Interest Group to give care providers more say on how services are commissioned and regulated.

The new group has the backing of Gwenda Thomas AM, the deputy minister for health and social services, who yesterday attended its launch in Cardiff.

One of the prime movers behind the group is Steve Elliott, from the childcare company Prospects for Young People.

The new childcare group is one of a number of similar organisations created by Care Forum Wales.

Honorary chief executive Mario Kreft said: “The key change is the creation of a series of special interest groups to look after the interests of particular areas of the sector, such as domiciliary care and children’s services.”