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European care leavers demand equal minimal levels of care and aftercare support all over Europe

We ask that standards levels for care and aftercare are guaranteed all over Europe. For this we ask a full application of the Convention on the rights of childhood and adolescence in every country, a chance to cooperate with local and international institutions for strengthening active participation and social inclusion. On behalf of 178 care […]

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Creating Christmas Dinner for Care Leavers in Birmingham by Jackie Mccartney

It all started with…….. a Private Message asking did I want to help with organising a Birmingham Christmas Dinner.    Two weeks later 5 of us met in a room in Tipton, we spoke about how we should do this, (following the guidelines), we spoke about money, venue, gifts, decorations, transport, etc, and decided even if […]

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A Letter to My Corporate Parents

This letter is a typed and author approved copy of the original letter written by Jackie McCartney, a care experienced adult and caregiver, to her corporate parents on 18 July 2018. WHAT IS A CORPORATE PARENT? Looking after children and young people is one of the most important jobs the council do. When a child […]

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How I am fighting the stereotypes of looked after children

“We don’t care if you don’t get the grades, but you have to go to the lessons or we won’t get paid for you“ These words were said to me by my school teacher – someone who should encourage a child to succeed. They still affect my self-confidence and self-belief. I am a care leaver. […]

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