Building a future after Caldecott
Despite lots of media attention around care experiences for children, it is an uncomfortable truth that many care experienced adults receive inadequate support. Without the network of family and friends that most 16-25 year olds take for granted, with difficult living arrangements and challenges entering the workforce many feel overwhelmed, alone and lost. This can leave young people at risk from harm from those who would seek to exploit them for their own gain.
It is not surprising then that the outcomes for those after being in the care of the state are so different from the general population. We know from the statistics that are widely available just how wide the gap is. Across every measure from mental health, homelessness, prison population, prostitution, substance misuse and so on, care experienced adults are disproportionately represented.
However, with your help we can continue to provide regular and meaningful support for children who have lived with us. We can continue to act as an advocate and ensure they have good quality and stable accommodation. We can support them to understand their finances and take the next step in their education or their first step into work. Most importantly, we can be there when something goes wrong to pick them up and help get their lives back on track.
This is not easy work, there is no one-size-fits-all approach and no quick fix. It takes time, dedication and the generosity of our supporters and so working together we can help young people build a safe and secure future.