The voices of children were heard and this resulted in them being renamed from LAC (they’re not LACKING anything) to CLA (children looked after by Local Authorities.)
Read the background here:
This is a vital step in listening to the voices of children in care to empower them and give them dignity.
We were so grateful to Rob and Reece Scheer along with four of their children who made the journey from the US to support us.
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Jonny is a 32 year old care leaver. He has three children and was a social worker in Scarborough in North Yorkshire until July 2017 when he left to manage a Leaving Care Team.
Jonny helped to set up the charity A National Voice when he was 18 and was a trustee of the charity and chair for 8 years until it became a part of Coram Voice in 2017.
Between 2003 and 2013, Jonny was a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children. From 2011 and 2013 he was a member of the Social Work Reform Board which worked to change Social Work and develop the College of Social Work.
Jonny continues to advocate for and with young people in and leaving care. He was presented with an award by Tony Blair in 2005 for his work with young people; received a “Making a difference” award by North Yorkshire County Council; was named in the 2009 “who’s who” of Britain’s youngest directors and in 2016 was a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Rosie Wainwright is Comfort Cases UK's newest ambassador - listen to why she thinks Comfort Cases are so badly needed.
Our amazing team are committed to helping others. We take our convictions and turn them into action. We believe in a compassionate community that cares for the most vulnerable among us, and we can all do something to bring comfort to children in foster care.
Formed out of a community project called You Donate We Deliver, we were cooking and delivering nutritious meals, snacks and baked goods to the NHS and ambulance services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Post Covid-19 we felt that Comfort Cases would be the next logical step on our amazing journey.
INSPIRING COMMUNITIES TO BRING DIGNITY AND HOPE TO YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE
On any given day, there are over 65,000 children in foster care in the UK. Most of them are removed from their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. If they do have any personal belongings, they often don't have a bag in which to carry them.
We want to work with Local Authorities and Independent Foster Agencies to provide them with Comfort Cases which are given to children at the point at which they enter their new placement, whether it be temporary, emergency or permanent.
A Comfort Case gives a child entering foster care a sense of dignity and hope. Each bag is packed with a cosy new pair of pyjamas, a stuffed animal to hug, a toothbrush, soap and other personal care items for their first few nights with a new family.
We also offer empty duffel bags to social workers so that they can give them to children when they are removed from their homes in an emergency. This is simply to avoid children having to pack their belongings in bin bags or carrier bags.
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