Dialogue with young people in and leaving care


Dialogue with young people in and leaving care

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Written by: Frances Webber, Frances Webber


The Care Leavers’ Association is holding a ground-breaking conference for young people from BME backgrounds about the care system and the issues facing young people in and leaving care.

Beginning with the question, ‘How does the care system need to change so that young people get the childhood chances they deserve?’ the Care Leavers’ Association hopes to find the answers through a participative conference for BME young people. The event will be run using a process called ‘Open Space’, where the agenda for the day is created by the participants and everyone has the freedom to work on the issues that matter to them. The Association is hoping to attract around 100 young people aged 15-25 to the conference, where they can share their experiences of the care system as well as their ideas for how it can be improved.

Organisers told IRR News: ‘This is going to be an exciting day, with discussion groups, video booths, multi-media work stations and an information hub so that everyone can have their say, and which the Association hopes will influence the future development of care in the UK for black, Asian and minority ethnic people’. The conference will be followed up with a report on the young peoples’ views and the ways in which the issues affecting them could be addressed. There are also plans to bring together a group of young people to take forward the issues of the day.

The event will take place on 2 June 2010 in Manchester.

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Download a flyer (jpeg file, 2.6mb)

Download a booking form here (word doc, 99kb)

The Care Leavers’ Association


References Fifth report of the independent reviewer pursuant to section 14(3) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, Lord Carlile of Berriew, February 2010. Download a copy here (pdf file, 1mb). Home Office: Memorandum to the Home Affairs Committee: Post-Legislative Assessment of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (Cm 7797), February 2010. Download a copy here (pdf file, 384kb). Read the uncorrected transcript of oral evidence taken by the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Counter-terrorism Policy and Human Rights on Tuesday 1 December 2009 - David Hanson MP here. Read the uncorrected transcript of oral evidence taken by the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Counter-terrorism Policy and Human Rights on Wednesday 3 February 2010 - Gareth Peirce, Sean McLoughlin, Helen Mountfield, Angus McCullough and Thomas de la Mare here.


The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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