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 it’s a chance to inspire and encourage others in similar situations.
In the second episode, we chat with Ryan. He tells us why he chose to read his care files and how it’s changed his perspective on being in care. We hear about his voluntary work in the LGBT community and he spills the beans on some of the celebrity interviews he’s done as a journalist.
When I first asked for [my files], it was really difficult. […] I was in care for 15 years. That’s a huge chunk of my identity and I wanted to know. I think I underestimated it, I think I didn’t really consider how much personal stuff would be in them and, looking back, I wish I’d got more support in reading them when I first got them because it really hit me more I thought it would.
Follow Ryan on Twitter @itsryanhouston.