Care leavers rally to raise awareness
Young people from Cornwall who grew up in care have made a bid to improve services for themselves and others in the same position.
The group travelled to London to join people from around the UK in launching National Care Leavers Week.
The event aims to highlight the needs of care leavers and raise awareness among the public, politicians and government to the unique challenges facing a vulnerable group.
There are around 350 care leavers in Cornwall aged between 16 and 25. Some of the younger people leaving care live with foster families or in some form of supported lodgings, but the majority live independently in social housing or private rented accommodation.
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Jack Cordery, Cornwall Council's head of service for children's social work and psychology, said the week was also being used as a springboard to get more people involved in fostering.