Coming into care may feel scary, but we want you to know that you’re not alone and there are people, including us, who you can talk to. We are all either in care or we’ve been in care, and we think it’s important to tell you that there are just some things in life that you can’t control.

It’s OK to ask questions, especially if you don’t understand what is happening, and please remember that no question is a silly question. There are lots of different people and workers who will be around to help you and who want the best for you. You may meet lots of new adults during this time – remember that they are all there to support you, and you can talk to them about any of your worries and ask them any questions you may have.

There are lots of others who are the same age as you in care and you can meet them through your local Children in Care Council. This is somewhere you can go to have fun, make friends and have your say on your experiences.

IMO – write, speak, share

We know how important it is to be able to talk to others in a similar situation and who understand how you might feel. That’s why IMO is filled with experiences, stories and advice from others in care. We’ve also got info on finding work, and a section dedicated to giving away lots of great free stuff. All the content on IMO has been created by others in care. If you’d like to share something for publication on IMO – an article, blog, vlog, some poetry or perhaps some photography – then please get in touch here or at [email protected]  

This message was originally written by Essex Children in Care Council to welcome new members to the council. We thought it was so good that you should see it – it strikes a chord with anyone in care, and not just in Essex.

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This welcome message was written by members of Essex Children in Care Council.

View the original welcome message here.

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