A National Voice – Campaign to improve the care system

13th May 2020

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“A National Voice” (ANV) is a national Children in Care council that aims to improve the care system through the voices of care experienced young people.

Facilitated by Coram Voice, ANV are running virtual events throughout lockdown that are open to all secondary age Children in Care and Care Leavers to have their say.

At the end of April, four of our Devon Care Leavers, supported by our Participation Team, bravely joined in with an ANV Zoom event on the topic of ‘stigma’. The session consisted of some word activities where the young people came up with negative words that have been written about them by professionals – with the chance to discuss specific scenarios where this has impacted them. The focus then shifted to exploring the kind of language that young people would like professionals to use when writing or talking about them.

The contributions of all those who took part in the session will form part of a national campaign on stigma, which will be launched soon.

One of our Devon Care Leavers said:

 “I attended the stigma Session. I feel it was a great group; the people running the group were great and let everyone join in and tried getting everyone involved but without pressurising us. It was great to share my thoughts around stigma with others and also to listen to other people’s views around stigma.

I had never met or spoken to anyone in the group other than the Devon County Council participation workers. A big thank you to everyone within the group for making me feel welcome and comfortable. I would recommend this group and any other opportunity you have to speak out about how you feel.”

And another massive thank you to Marnie for being supportive both within and outside of the group.

Get involved!

If you’d like to get involved and help design the Stigma campaign, the next ANV workshop is happening on Monday 18th May, from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Sign up by emailing anv@coramvoice.org.uk or via the event page.

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