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Children in care, 'corporate parenting' and the Children's Champion

Perspective

Sunday, January 26th, 2020 - 53 minutes

This week, an important piece of work was presented to Tynwald.

The annual report of the Children's Champion provides careful scrutiny of a range of issues relating to looked after children, children with complex needs and young carers.

Tim Baker MHK is currently in the role, having taken it on in May 2018.

Few would disagree that the Isle of Man has a difficult history when it comes to looked after children, and children in care.

There have been a series of events, both in living memory and before, which taint the Island’s reputation – but, more importantly, had enormous repercussions for those involved.

On this week’s episode, we speak to the man who – as one of his many roles in government – is tasked with helping make sure those kinds of circumstances never arise again.

We also hear the thoughts of some members of Tynwald in the court this week, as they received the document and all of its findings.