Being a care leaver myself, I understand the challenges we face with society, we know that 1 in 2 kids in care today have a mental disorder, many not diagnosed.
We know that 1 in 4 persons in prison today were previously in care, so I have to ask the question, why are care leavers being shoved into emergency accommodation by Brighton and hove city council?
I recently spoke to an 18 year old called Callum who was in care, he has a complex past but wants desperately to move forward with his life.
Callum lives in Pervical Terrace and has issues with alcohol and drugs, however under the mentorship of local residents is responding, I also recently wrote to his ward councillor and lead for youth Tom Bewick, who is also a care leaver for help with Callum.
In the email I explained Callum’s vulnerabilities and made it clear I didn’t want another care leaver to fall through the net.
Care leavers are often isolated from society and people, they feel lonely and to be thrown in emergency accommodation in my view is like locking them up in prison.
As a society we need to see care leavers for who they are, vulnerable people not bad people. We need to get rid of the stigma and ensure we are complying with government leglislation, which states the council have a care of duty to protect and house care leavers up until the age of 25.
Do you currently live in emergency or supported accommodation and were previously in care?
If so I want to hear your story and help you and other care leavers to move on with your lives.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and I will contact you.
Its time the local authority started to act rather than delay.