Young people from Cornwall go national to improve care
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 members of 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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Care Leavers Week is also being celebrated in Cornwall with events designed to bring all the different organisations involved in the service together.
Jack Cordery, Cornwall Council’s head of service for children's social work and psychology, said it was also being used as a springboard to get more people involved in fostering.
“Working with children in care and care leavers is hugely rewarding” he said.
“Children and young people are not in care because they have done anything wrong. They are in care because their own parents cannot provide them with safe and consistent care.
“Many have experienced neglect or abuse. These are young people who have had a difficult start in life and they deserve our support to help them have a brighter future.”