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Project information

Don't forget Children in Care at Christmas

This project helps children and young people in care, and on the fringes of care, to have their voices heard about the issues and the challenges which face them growing up in the care system. It will involve them in projects and activities which can influence decision makers and policy makers.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: The National Youth Advocacy Service

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  • Need


    Children in care face a combination of issues which can lead to homelessness, offending, drug and alcohol misuse and mental health problems in adulthood. They are 60 times more likely to be homeless, 68% have special educational needs and around half of looked after children were considered to be ‘borderline’ or ‘cause for concern’ in relation to their emotional and behavioural health.


    We will provide a programme of positive activities for children in care facilitated through our volunteer Independent Visitor project, we will provide support through our free Helpline and will provide additional advocacy for children in care so they can have their voices heard, their wishes and feelings valued and their rights respected. Including children in their care planning helps to improve their well-being and the stability of their placements.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the lives of children and young people in care


    » Additional positive activities for children in care
    » Additional advocacy for children in care
    » Helpline for children in care, and those on the fringes of care.

    What success will look like

    Success with be 50 care experienced children and young people stating that they are happier in their care placement.

  • Impact


    The project will help to empower young people to be more involved in their care plans, to become more engaged in their care and to make the care system more sensitive to the needs of children and young people by valuing their wishes and feelings and involving them more..


    The risk include not engaging with a sufficient number of young people. We will deal with this by using our network of contacts with Children's Services and other agencies to encourage referrals. Our 350 volunteers will speak to the children who they are matched with and encourage them to take up positive activities. We will promote our Helpline number through Information Packs for children entering care in areas where we have services as well as free gizmos with the Helpline telephone number


    We will invite donors to visit the project and meet key staff and young people. We will report on the project through our website and will produce a quarterly bulletin for donors updating them of the work of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Positive activities 25 personal positive activty budgets
      £2,500 Advocacy hours 100 hours of advoacy at £25 per hour
      £2,500 Helpline cases 125 cases opened through our Helpline at £20 per case
  • Background


    We will coordinate the project from our Head Office in Birkenhead, Merseyside and this is where our Helpline is based. However, we will work with young people throughout England and Wales.


    This project will work with children and young people in the care system. 62% are in care because of concerns of abuse or neglect, 15% due to family dysfunction, and 5% due to absent parenting. They are disproportionately disadvantaged. Many live in or experience poverty, the majority have experienced neglect or abuse and often the care system struggles to provide them with positive experiences. Over 50% have, or develop, a mental illness & they are 60 times more likely to be homeless.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    NYAS has nearly 40 years experience working with young people in care. We provide them with advocacy, advice and representation, volunteer Independent Visitors and positive activities. We also provide inspections of children's homes and Return from Missing Interviews. We work with around 10% of the 'looked after' population. Our work provides us with insight into the needs of these young people and we have a national network of volunteers, advocates and services tailored to meet their needs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Hyde

    Calire is our Assistant CEO for Children's Services. She manages our national advocacy programme for children in care and our free helpline.

    Jo Swords

    Jo is our National Independent Visitor Co-ordinator who manages our 350 volunteer befrienders matched with children in care & our positive activities