Children need security; in large part, it comes from regular routines and consistency of people, places and activities.

Children in care who have been removed from their families may be placed in temporary or short term care and can be transferred many times before a permanent option is found.

Their status may be uncertain for some time while they wait for an assessment of their needs and the creation of a care plan that may result in more changes -- to their accommodation, their school and the people they deal with.

Making it worse, children have no say in any of this. Decisions about their care and placement are made by caseworkers and Department for Child Protection and Family Support staff who may have seen them once or twice.

When those decisions don't work out, there will be more changes.

We believe it is the right of every child in care to be assessed quickly, to be involved in the planning of their lives and to be moved as little as possible.