On the 29th June, I made a speech in the Lords calling for the new corporate parenting principles to apply to commissioners of physical and mental health services for children in care and care leavers.
You can find my speech in full, as well as the rest of the debate here.
I believe that the corporate parenting principles should be extended to health commissioners, reflecting the vital role that these bodies play in shaping the lives and outcomes of children in care and care leavers. As we know, these children are much more likely than their peers to have poor physical, mental and emotional health. To give one example, children in care in England are four times more likely than the average child to have an emotional or mental health problem. That is an issue we will return to in a subsequent group.