Care Leaver Perspectives

Gif recipes are my first ‘big thing’ of 2016. Gif recipes are 30 second(-ish) looping gifs which demonstrate how to prepare foods that many people (myself included) find intimidating. To a care leaver like me, gif recipes are revolutionary. My last real cooking lesson was with my second year Home...

I recently read an illuminating opinion piece by “pro-voice” activist Aspen Baker. It opens with the line: “Great social movements often have one thing in common: they are created by people with the courage to talk openly about their lives and experiences.” In the article, Baker argues that people who...

I left care six years ago now. My placement broke down a few months after my 18th birthday as my relationship with my foster parents became increasingly strained. I spent a few months sofa surfing before setting up my own accommodation with the financial support of my local authority. The support...

This year around 10,000 looked-after children will age out and leave care. The age at which this happens is kind of inconsistent depending on where you live in the UK. As of May 2014, in Scotland you can stay in care until you turn 21 with further support up to 26. In England that age is 18, but fostered...