This week is National Care Experienced Week, an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the successes of care experienced young people in the UK. It's also an opportunity to challenge negative perceptions and change the narrative that surrounds the care system - including the language used.
Each year, around 30,000 children and young people leave care in England. Most young people who leave care to live independently do so by the age of 18, leaving them to navigate independent living and adulthood whilst still in their teens, which can be extremely challenging and isolating. This week, we’ll be celebrating the achievements of the incredible care experienced young people we work with in Together For Children.
Each day, we'll be sharing stories about some of our care experienced adults. Click on the links below for stories, videos and animations, which we'll share each day throughout National Care Experienced Week.
"I carried on following my passion with music which I grew fond of since the beginning of secondary school, by applying and completing a two-year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Music Practice at Bede Campus." - Mark, 18