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Having no support at university would be 'terrifying'

With many care-experienced young people either embarking on their university career or returning for another year, we asked one care-experienced student at Kingston University about how the university's specialist KU Cares programme has supported them.

Overcoming challenges

Naomi Taylor, a creative for brand agency Mr President, came to our attention after being featured in Campaign – a magazine for the advertising and media industry.

Fostering misrepresented by negative media coverage

We have been disappointed with the negative portrayal of care and the experience of looked after children in some media over the last few days, surrounding the new documentary series by Lemn Sissay.

Don't Move Me

What’s the problem?

Young people are missing out on the chance to stay living with their foster families after they turn 18. Although there is now provision in the law for young people to stay until they are 21 across the UK, financial and cultural barriers mean this is not happening often enough.

According to our 2018 State of the Nation survey:

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This is Me

This guest blog is by Ruby Lawrence from the Drive Forward Foundation which supports young care leavers to take charge of their futures and achieve their career goals.

Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in early adulthood than other young people according to a BBC report today.

Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request show 90 people who left care in the UK between 2012 and 2016 died in the years when they would have turned 19, 20 or 21. Care leavers make up one per cent of the population at these ages, but make up around seven per cent of the deaths.

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