We are proud to announce that Neil Squires, Harmeny’s Chief Executive, has been appointed as a member of the Promise Oversight Board.
“Today marks a year since the publication of the Independent Care Review findings. This was a review like no other, with the voices of care experienced people and their families truly being at the heart of the review. The Promise challenges everyone involved in the lives of care experienced children and young people to do things differently, so that every child grows up loved, safe and respected, able to realise their full potential.
The Covid pandemic has brought disproportionate challenges to those living on the margins and compounded the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. We must now urgently resume the momentum created during the Care Review so that the voices of children, young people and their families are heard, keeping them at the heart of planning, ensuring their wishes are followed through and involving them in the changes needed within the fragmented care system. All this is important to prove that we have listened and are serious about keeping the promise we have made to them.
The Promise and Care Review findings recommend radical, whole system change, which I believe is necessary to make a real difference to the lives of a group of children and young people who deserve the very best that society can offer. I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as a member of the Promise Oversight Board and I am determined to put my 25 years’ experience in social work and education to good use, playing my part in helping to shape the future. There’s no time to waste – so let’s get going! What are you going to do to #KeepThePromise?”
Neil Squires, February 2021