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  • Who is caring for London's street children?

    Posted: 1 year 5 months ago

    The term ‘street child’ tends to conjure images of bare-footed children wearing rags (staring down the camera lens with their big eyes) against the backdrop of the dirty dusty streets of some city in a poor and undeveloped country; the state of the children merely a reflection of the dire living...

  • A Monday in the life of Leila, Community Advocate for Looked After Children & Care Leavers

    Posted: 1 year 6 months ago

    I have lots of calls to make today so I know it’s going to be a busy day.

    Before I get stuck in I receive a call from James: he’s 18 and slept rough last night. He’s living with a friend of a friend but doesn’t have a key so is locked out when they are not home. We arrange to meet...

  • Time to bust some myths

    Posted: 1 year 6 months ago

    I have been a Specialist Advocate at Coram Voice for 10 years now.  Over the years I have come across some myths about what support Care Leavers can and cannot get. They are common misunderstandings that Care Leavers have – because that is what they have been told. I would very much like to bust...

  • The scale of youth homelessness

    Posted: 1 year 7 months ago

    The scale of youth homelessness illustrated by the new Centrepoint report is very concerning. Centrepoint reports that only 40 per cent of young people who approach as...

  • A Monday in the life of Tom, Community Advocate for Looked After Children & Care Leavers

    Posted: 1 year 8 months ago


    I was the rapid response advocate on Friday, working on urgent cases from our Helpline, so I’m keen to get back to my own cases.

    I start my day calling Simon, one of the young people I am advocating for. Simon is 16 and homeless; his case was recently allocated to me for one to...

  • Children in crisis: fleeing to safer shores

    Posted: 1 year 8 months ago

    As people talk of ‘surges’ & ‘swarms’ of migrants, I think of the increasing number of refugee children arriving in the UK without anyone to look after them – unaccompanied, uncertain, alone.

    As a specialist advocate for young refugees and migrants I am very much aware of the...

  • Can we correct the variation of support that care leavers get?

    Posted: 4 years 8 months ago

    I am elated, with every pledge that local authorities agree to, or to new guidelines dedicated to improve the type of service that care leavers can receive. And although I see some changes, it feels like we are moving at a snails pace. I decided to do some digging of my own on what care leavers...

  • Is adoption the right option?

    Posted: 4 years 9 months ago

    After watching a programme on the BBC on adoption, ‘The truth about adoption’, it made me question how the lives of 65,000 children in care would change. The issue that arose from the programme was the feeling of ‘loss’ when children are moved from one place to another. I kept wondering is...

  • What young people really need from participation and how to engage them?

    Posted: 4 years 9 months ago

    Whilst in care, we are often encouraged to participate in activities that are especially created for children and young people in care. Participation activities are set up to get young peoples’ voices heard and to improve the system for other children and young people. Why do some people engage...

  • Report on the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child

    Posted: 5 years 6 months ago

    We read with interest the midterm report on the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) published by the UK Children’s Commissioners’ to coincide with International Day of the Child.

    The UK Government is required to report on progress and, twenty years on from the ratification of...

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