Young People's Zone

Our Voices 2017 competition is now closed and the winners announced.

You can find out more about the winning entries here. Or you can view our image gallery of pictures from the Voices 2017 awards ceremony attended by the shortlisted entrants and hosted by actor and Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

And if you're already thinking about Voices 2018, subscribe to our mailing list here to make sure you stay up to date with the latest news about the competition.


Voices 2017


The theme for Voices 2017 was ‘New Beginnings’.

Coram Voice thinks children and young people in care have powerful, unique voices that we want the whole country to hear.

In Voices 2017, we asked care experienced young people about any new chances and opportunities that helped to give them a new start.


New beginnings


They could write about any new beginning, such as moving to a new placement or changing school. Perhaps meeting a new friend, starting a job or finding a new hobby, or making any other type of new start. Did their foster carer, residential worker, social worker, teachers, or friends help? We asked them to write about it, in whatever form worked best for them. A poem, a rap, short story – anything, just so long as it was original work.


New to the UK


We had a special prize for the best entry from a migrant young person,

The entries were read by a panel of judges including well-known authors and journalists who have a special interest in the care system or experience of being in care. 


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Find out More about Voices 2017