National Care Leavers’ Awareness Week 2020
26 October – 1 November is National Care Leavers’ Awareness Week 2020. We want to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges for looked-after children and young people who are leaving care, and to show what we are doing to support care leavers.
Written by the Feeling Our Way Project team
Being a young person can be hard. Being a young person in care is even harder. In the UK, there are currently around 99,000 children and young people who are looked after by a local authority, with an estimated 40,000 children and young people entering the care system this year – that’s 109 young people every day!1 2 3 4
In partnership with Nottingham City Council, the Mental Health Foundation is delivering a project called ‘Feeling Our Way’ for care leavers in Nottingham City, to support them during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19. The project aims to reduce isolation and increase social connectedness, and to support care leavers’ in developing adaptive coping strategies.
- Department for Education. (2019). Children looked after in England (including adoption). Available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2018-to-2019
- Scottish Government. (2019). Children’s Social Work Statistics Scotland. Available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/republication-childrens-social-work-statistics-scotland-2018-19/
- Department of Health. (2019). Children’s Social Care Statistics for Northern Ireland. Available here: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/childrens-social-care-statistics-northern-ireland-201819
- Welsh Government. (2019). Children looked after by Local Authorities Wales. Available here: https://gov.wales/children-looked-after-local-authorities-april-2018-march-2019
- Department of Health and Social Care. (2012). Preventing Suicide in England: a cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives. Available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-strategy-for-england
- National Audit Office. (2015). Care Leavers’ Transition to Adulthood. Available here: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/care-leavers-transitions-to-adulthood/