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Debate to introduce a member proposed bill

Care leavers should not be left "to drown in a sea of responsibilities" according to Labour AM Ken Skates on 11 January 2011.

The Clwyd South AM made the statement whilst leading the assembly's first debate to introduce a member's proposed bill.

The member's bill on continuity from care into adult life would aim to ensure that where local authority care has successfully achieved stability for a looked after child, this success is not lost because the young person is obliged to leave care on reaching 18 years old.

Mr Skates explained that it would seek to replace the abrupt ending of care with gradual phases tailored to the individual young person's needs until the age of 25.

Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas welcomed the bill and expressed her desire to work with the member to ensure that Wales has a care system which "promotes resilience and healthy development and supports the transition to adulthood".

Whilst he welcomed the opportunity to change young people's lives, Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts warned against passing a bill which could not be delivered at local level by local authorities who are already stretched financially.

Tributes were paid to the work of Karen Sinclair, the former AM for Clwyd South, who campaigned to raise the age of support for children in care.

Members from all parties welcomed the proposed bill.

Read this in Welsh.

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