Today, the Commons Select Committee will be taking evidence from charities who represent children and  young people as part of an inquiry into the mental health and wellness of looked after children.

The sessions are organised as follows:

At 9.30am

Lisa Harker, Director of Strategy, Policy and Evidence, NSPCC
Kevin Williams, Chief Executive, The Fostering Network
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive, Young Minds
David Graham, National Director, Care Leavers’ Association

At 10.30am

Tony Clifford, Head of Virtual School for Children in Care, City of Stoke-on-Trent
Carol Jones, Specialist for Leadership and Teacher Professionalism, Association of School and College Leaders
Natasha Devon, Founder, Self-Esteem Team

The first session is set to focus on issues affecting children and young people, from the perspective of organisations who work directly with looked after children and their carers. The second session will look at schools and their part in supporting children in care with mental health issues.

You can watch the sessions on Parliament TV and learn more about the Education Committee’s Inquiry here.