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May 20, 2020

This blog post outlines key findings from an article Eavan published with her PhD supervisor, Professor Robbie Gilligan, drawing on her PhD research exploring the educational pathways of care-experienced adults in Ireland. The article explores how the concept of agency can provide unique insights into the ways that the educational journeys of adults with care experience have been shaped over time.

Research in the area of education and care tends to underutilise social theory. In this paper we begin to address this gap by drawing on the life cour...

May 20, 2020

Government attitudes towards increasing support for care leavers have been moving in a positive direction during the last decade. However, many barriers remain for care-experienced young people transitioning to adulthood. The past few years have seen an ongoing policy push towards encouraging care leavers to engage in higher education with the promise of additional bursaries and support until age 25, which until recently was limited to those attending university.

Research suggests that only 6% of 19-21-year-old care-leavers are in higher educat...

May 13, 2020

Leicestershire Cares has set up a podcast to help keep two of their participants connected. The care-experienced duo now have a date in their diary each week, where they can record their podcast, helping them reduce the boredom and isolation brought on by the coronavirus lockdown.

Casey and Diana will be exploring issues facing care leavers and over the following weeks will invite guests onto their podcast to investigate what can be done to better support care-experienced young people.

Listen to episode 1: Fostering a new approach

Casey and Diana...

Following the Easter break, the Leaving Care team invited local chef Sandie Vara to run a live cookalong with our care leavers. We put together a menu that consisted of an authentic Italian pasta sauce which could then be used for several dishes including a spaghetti Bolognese and a pizza.

In preparation for this, we bought and delivered the ingredients for the young people, but they had to ensure they had sufficient cooking equipment needed for the session.

The aim of the session was to give care leavers the opportunity to put their cooking skil...

April 22, 2020

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, Leicestershire Cares’ leaving care team has been working closely with the care-experienced young people we support to help them share their experiences of social distancing and the national lockdown.

The videos and podcast produced by our Voices project has received local and national attention. On Wednesday 15 April, BBC East Midlands Today interviewed Casey, one of the CEYP on our Voices project, and Jacob, our Voices Development Officer, to explore how care leavers are coping with the lockdown.

This wa...

April 15, 2020

It seems inevitable that demand for statutory child protection services will increase as people are asked to stay inside together. How do you keep children, young people, parents and social workers safe at a time when carrying out home visits would almost inevitably breach social distancing rules implemented by the government?

There are currently over 52,000 children subject to a child protection plan in England – these children are deemed by the state to be at risk of significant harm. Statutory guidance states that social workers must visit th...

April 6, 2020

I am a linguist who works on speech production (how people talk) and speech perception (how people listen). In October 2019 I was invited to talk at a ‘Linguistics in The Pub’ event in Melbourne, Australia (where I am from). The topic was Engaging young people in linguistic research and documentation, something I am involved in but not as my main activity. I had some ideas about what worked and didn’t work for me, in the Australian context, but I decided to do an informal survey with researchers around the world who were kind enough to offer th...

April 6, 2020

According to the children’s charity Action for Children, child neglect is the most common form of maltreatment in the UK, as well as being the most common reason for a child to be made subject to a child protection plan. 46% of children are subject to a child protection plan due to neglect and the number of identified cases of child neglect has tripled between 2003 and 2017.

We looked at 20 serious case reviews published between 2016 and 2018 where neglect was known or suspected to be a factor in a child’s serious injury or death (Solem, Diaz an...

April 6, 2020

Leicestershire Cares have been planning the best way to respond to COVID-19. We are living and working in unprecedented times and we wanted to reach out to our business members at this time to ensure no one is left to struggle on their own. In response we have identified 10 groups who we already have links and relationships with across Leicester City, County, and Rutland.

Many of these groups are a real lifeline and are also adapting the way they usually work; including offering delivery of food packs, services to those socially isolating, frien...

April 3, 2020

Hundreds of care leavers across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland are experiencing increased isolation due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Over the next few weeks we will be trying to capture their stories.

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