On International Care Day 2019, we thought we would reflect on what we have learnt over the past two years through developing our new programme Under Our Roof. It is designed specifically to support young people in care (both residential and foster care) and their carers to manage conflict effectively, and to support them to build and maintain safer and more supportive relationships.

Lesson 1: Young People with lived experience have been the programme’s greatest asset

 

According to mental health charity stem4, children and young people in the UK are currently facing a mental health ‘epidemic’. As a result, there is a growing need for the organisations working with young people to incorporate mental wellbeing into their work, and Leap is no exception. 

 

During 24th – 30th October 2018 experienced Leap trainers and young people will be coming together to develop and design a new curriculum working with young people in the care system, and their carers (both in foster care and residential children’s homes).

We are proud to launch our new programme - Under our Roof - working with young people in the care system, and their carers (both in foster care and residential children’s homes).

The resilience, emotional intelligence and courage that young people in care demonstrate can be immense. However, being in care can also have long-term negative impacts on their education, health and life chances:

The number of children in England looked after by foster carers or in children’s homes has steadily increased over the years. In March 2017 the number of Looked After Children stood at 72,670, an increase of 3% on March 2016, compared to the 1% increase seen in previous years. 39% of young people in care are between the ages of 10 and 15, and 23% aged 16 or over.