This April will be the first-ever Care Experienced History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the lives of care-experienced people. Friday April 30th will mark 'Care Experienced Remembrance Day’, a day to recognise the memory of care-experienced people who have been lost.
The charity Become have shared that:
This April will be the first-ever Care Experienced History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the lives of care-experienced people.
Care Experienced History Month will aim to:
Bring to light the experiences of care-experienced people, both past and present
Celebrate those who are no longer with us
Explore how care-experienced people are embedded within global heritage and culture
Call for global recognition of the role of states in the history of care-experienced people
Raise awareness of what it means to be care-experienced
Organisations and individuals across the world will join in amplifying the stories of those with care-experience and highlighting the key issues impacting those currently in the care system.
Become have shared a range of resources and videos over the month of April, you can find them here.
The APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers has launched its Spotlight Inquiry, which aims to shine a light on the care system – or systems – across the country.
Become have opened a call for evidence for young people and professionals to share their experience of the care system. They say:
This is just one of the ways you can get involved and contribute your views and expertise to the Inquiry and inform the Independent Review of Children's Social Care. The APPG is concurrently running a series of regional online evidence sessions and reaching out to groups of care-experienced young people (find out more here). However, we’ll inevitably not be able to hear from everyone through organised sessions which is why we’re also running this call for evidence. We encourage submissions from anyone with personal and/or professional experience of the care system, including children, young people and adults with lived experience, professionals, carers, as well as organisations with an interest in improving the care system.
You can find out more information about all of this and how to get involved on their website here.