Independent Review of Children's Social Care

If you've recently been involved with the the Independent Review of Children's Social Care in some way, you're not alone. Whatever the reason for your visit, we're here to help you any way we can. 

Have you been involved with the Independent Review of Children's Social Care? Whether you've done an interview or taken part in a workshop, we're here to support you.  

Childline’s here to support any child or young person in the UK. If you want to talk after your contact with the Care Review, we’re here to help.

What is Childline?

At Childline, we offer support and advice to any child or young person in the UK up to the age of 19. 

We're always here for you to talk to. And we have lots of ways you can reach out to us for help or support. Our service is confidential too, so we won't tell anyone else you've spoken to us, unless we're really worried about you or another young person's safety.

We work closely with the Independent Review of Children's Social Care to make sure there's plenty of different types of support available to every young person who speaks to the Review about their experience in care.

Whatever way you prefer to get support - whether it's by email, phone, live chat, message boards, or reading advice - you can find what you need here.

Our confidentiality promise

We want you to be able to trust that when you speak to us that we'll keep what you say private. Our confidentiality promise means we won't tell anyone what you tell us.

If we're really worried about your safety, we might need to tell someone, but we'd always try to speak to you first about it.

Find out more about our promise

How Childline can help you

  • Email a Childline counsellor any time. Just create a Childline account and you're all set. It can take up to 24 hours for us to answer, but we promise we will reply. To let us help you better, include the phrase 'Care Commission' in your email subject
  • Talk to a counsellor – you can call 0800 233 311 confidentially from 8am to 10pm on weekdays and bank holidays, 9am to 6pm on weekends - it’s free and won’t show upon your bill.
  • Visit or post on the Childline Message boards. This is a safe online community where young people share their experience and talk about how they're experiences and how they cope
  • Have a 1-2-1 chat with a Childline counsellor through our online live chat from 7.30am to 10.30pm on weekdays and 9am - 10.30pm on weekends
  • Explore our website for lots of different ways to get help on your own - such as our Ask Sam letters, or our Living in Care advice page