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.

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In the fifth and final episode of series 1, we meet Steven, a care leaver who is training to be a social worker. He tells us how growing up in care has shaped the kind of social worker he wants to be. We discuss how little time families are given to change when they are under social services assessment and reflect on the lack of aspiration on behalf of care leavers from those who are supposed to inspire them.

I still think there’s a lack of aspiration given to the young people. The other day […] I saw this billboard of jobs for care leavers and it was like: KFC. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but why weren’t they saying stuff like university? You wouldn’t put that up in a school, […] so why is that in place for care leavers? It’s symbolic. […] Why can’t we aspire to do more than that?

 

Follow Steven on Twitter @careleaverviews.