A Day in the Life of.... Young People in Care
Developing this area has been an interesting one to tackle.
The reality is that gaining access to young people in care to allow them to share their experiences and voices is sometimes an arduous or even impossible task. There is much fear under the guise of "protecting the vulnerable" that young people in care are often kept from taking part in research and projects "in their best interests." In addition this section is all about getting an honest and open understanding of what life is like and in order to do that in a written or anonymous form there is an added difficulty here for young people in care. Given that some would need support to put their thoughts together (often from those that they will be writing about) and need to have access to the internet (which certainly in residential care is not readily available) and a private email address (again, very rare) I have not been able to find a way through this (ideas on a postcard please).
So, I am putting together a list of research reports where young people in care have been given centre stage or more space than normal in order to provide more understanding of the everyday lives of young people in care. To be getting on with i recommend:
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