In this video, care leaver and foster care advocate Sophia watches the 2004 CBBC film, ‘Tracy Beaker: The Movie of Me’ for the first time, and asks the question, “Just how accurate is this”? Follow Sophia on Twitter @sophiahallsax.
Freya spent her teenage years moving around the care system. In this video, she answers your questions about her life in care open and honestly. She tells us about her experience of the fostering system, and ‘spills the tea’ on the pros and cons of being in care as a teenager.
We invited care leavers from across the country to come together virtually during the lockdown to create a collaborative poem about how they define care. Here is the result. #definecare Foster care is nothing like Tracey Beaker Social workers changing all the time Having to tell my story again and again Authors of no authority, […]
Luke has lived in a children’s home for just over 18 months, around 126 miles from his family. In this animation, he talks about opening up to the people around him, and he shares his advice for those entering care for the first time.
Becoming a foster carer is a life-changing decision and I don’t believe that recruiting foster carers by telling them they could earn up to £500 per week in allowances is the answer. In fact, this is a subliminal message letting prospective carers know that they could make some extra easy cash by simply giving up […]
The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care leavers, shining a light on their experiences. Each episode we invite someone who’s been in care to talk about anything they like. It’s an opportunity to hear the voices of people who often don’t get the chance to tell their stories, and […]
When you’re a child or young adult in care, I feel like you always get looked at like you won’t go as far in life as the stereotypical “normal” child or young adult, or achieve as much. I went into the care system when I was 14 as I sadly lost my mum unexpectedly and […]
It was the 4th of November when it all began The girl was only 13, she didn’t understand She cried every night on the phone Screaming to her mum she doesn’t want to be alone. There was nothing she could do, she had no choice Nobody listened to her, she had no voice People […]
Coming into care We know that coming into care can be really difficult and sometimes it’s hard to understand why. It’s normal to find it hard to feel part of a new family and to settle into a new home. Getting to know the people that live there and understanding the house rules can often […]
“You are not alone, other people have experienced the same feelings and help is out there.” Show Me That I Matter is the name of York’s Children in Care Council; we are a group of young people who all have experience of being in care in York. We wanted to help others understand the feelings […]