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Building responsibility into your business

Last week, Drive Forward Foundation hosted an information and networking event for London-based SMEs in cooperation with virtual start-up launcher AGORA. Hearing from young people themselves about the challenges they faced throughout their journey in care, participants were able to gain an understanding of the care-experience and its potential impact on an individual’s education and …

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Protecting care-experienced people from discrimination

To close care leavers’ week, we make our boldest call to action: to make care experience the 10th protected characteristic. This is on the basis of the stigma, direct and in-direct discrimination that too many of the care-experienced people we work with face. This is particularly prevalent in the areas of education and employment. In …

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Secure housing is the basis to progress in life

We couldn’t do our Care Leavers’ Week blog series without addressing the issue of housing. According to the charity Centrepoint, 14 per cent of care leavers have experienced rough sleeping and over a quarter have sofa surfed. Even amongst those who are not homeless, accommodation is often inadequate, with figures suggesting that nearly a fifth …

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Transitioning into adulthood shouldn’t be a lonely walk

Turning 18 and slowly beginning to understand the complexities of adulthood is something most of us will be able to relate to. Thinking back, some of us will remember how important the support of parents, siblings or long-term friends has been during this crucial period in our lives. Children going into out-of-home care, however, typically …

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Accessing mental health services shouldn’t be a luxury

In National Care Leavers’ Week, we want to shed light onto specific issues which disproportionately affect care-experienced people; from the unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children, to youth mental health, to stigma and discrimination, housing, and to a general lack of training and support for people working in the sector. We passionately believe that children and …

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Think before you judge – on the unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children

In National Care Leavers’ Week, we want to shed light onto specific issues which disproportionately affect care-experienced people; from the unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children, to youth mental health, to stigma and discrimination, and to a general lack of training and support for people working in the sector. We passionately believe that children and young …

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A Multi-Faceted Problem requiring a multi-agency solution: decriminalising care

Addressing Criminalisation in London’s Care System from a Lived Experience Perspective at City Hall It is the morning of the first day of February 2019. It may be torrentially raining but members of the Drive Forward Policy Forum are leaving city hall feeling happy and excited. Some of them have just met with Sophie Linden …

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Drive Forward Service Showcase – we’re more holistic than ever!

2019 has been a transformational year for our charity. We’ve gone from 12 members of staff to 18; introduced two Early Intervention Programmes; as well as a new Advocacy and Wellbeing service; all of which will see us work with up to 500 care-experienced young people this year. To share our excitement, we invited referral …

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Insights on the Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme

On Thursday, young people and referral partners were invited to join us for an insightful breakfast morning dedicated to the Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme. Since the publication of the governments ‘Keep on Caring’ strategy in 2016, several government departments have delivered on their responsibility to play a greater role in offering work experience, …

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