In response to the speech by the Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi, to the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) conference in Manchester on 5 July 2019, HMC Executive Director Mike Buchanan said:
HMC strongly supports the initiative to widen access for Looked After Children in or on the verge of care to the opportunities and support in HMC day and boarding schools through a careful process of matching the needs of an individual child with the specific support available at an individual school. This model is one we know already works well to improve outcomes for these children through our experience of working with third-party organisations such as the Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation.
Supporting the academic and personal development of the most vulnerable in our society is a challenge that HMC have been doing quietly for years. It is not simple, nor large in scale, nor guaranteed to be successful but it is a core element of HMC schools’ charitable purposes which required close working with many partners including local authority commissioners.
If anything, we have been frustrated by the slow pace of progress given the number of HMC schools that volunteered to engage with this and other similar initiatives. We look forward to working together on this pilot project to show its value to the young people involved and, in due course, to its expansion. We praise the Minister for spearheading this important initiative.