Scottish young champions premiere film tackling foster care stigma

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As part of the Fostering Community Champions project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, The Fostering Network’s young champions have premiered a short film promoting the positive effects of foster care in young people’s lives.

Written, produced and directed by the young champions, the film aims to tackle the stigma surrounding children in care. They presented the film at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 30 March at a reception hosted by Liam McArthur MSP. The audience included foster carers and their families, fostering services, and a number of other MSPs and ministers.

Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald MSP, led an interactive discussion with the young champions. He reflected on the film and praised those involved saying: ‘The Avengers may be filming in Edinburgh this evening but the real superheroes are assembled in here!’

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The young champions hope to take the film to other young people across the country, providing peer support through the project. If you would like to invite them to speak to young people about their experience in foster care please get in touch.

The young champions said: ‘We made this film because we wanted to highlight the challenges children and young people can face in everyday life when placed into care, which is no fault of their own. This film is the experiences of nine people rolled into one.

‘We chose the medium of film because we personally don’t usually pick up leaflets when out and about, but if something of interest is on social media we are more inclined to click on it and share it with our friends.

‘This film is for everyone, for those in care themselves and carers, teachers, social workers and for classmates of anyone who is in care.

We hope people discuss the positive impact a foster placement can have on the life of a child/young person and how, when given the chance, any child can achieve their positive potential.’

To contact the young champions to discuss the film, or any issues raised in the film email scotland@fostering.net

For further information about Fostering Community Champions click here. To see more pictures of the event, check out our Facebook gallery.