Our young people have recently been working on a project and they would like your help to spread their word.
There are many articles already in existence regarding the stigmas attached to young people in care. We are saddened by the way in which young people in care can at times be viewed, judged and labelled by those who truly do not understand the impact of this!
The recent report by Coram Voice “Public attitudes to children in care: Results from a national survey” (https://www.coram.org.uk/…/public-attitudes-children-care-r…) showed that popular words that those surveyed would use when they hear the term “children in care” include lonely, sad, poor, troubled, unwanted, difficult, problem, damaged.
Young people report that they experience frustration at such labels and stereotypes and often hide the fact they are in care from peers to avoid receiving such judgement.
Reported experiences of stereotyping are often peer on peer but can also include professionals and adult members of the public.
Young people experience being labelled as “troublesome” and “a naughty child” due to living in a children’s home with little to no acknowledgement or understanding or the various traumas and distressing experiences which have often led to the young person living away from home.
Young people feel they often need to fight to prove the stereotypes wrong.
To get their message out to the world, young people got involved with a creative project.
Inspired by the words and strong message behind a certain song some of our young people recorded their vocals whilst other young people worked on the production of the track.
We would love to reach as many people possible in the hope that in the future, people may think twice before judging or stereotyping someone simply for being cared for away from their birth parents.
We pride ourselves on having created a unique ethos which is practised throughout our communities and which forms the basis for our person specification qualities.
These are warmth, genuineness, integrity, honesty, commitment, experience, knowledge, compassion, the ability to celebrate diversity, humour, empathy and respect for others.