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Our Build Not Break campaign is calling for all children and young people in care and care leavers to have positive, loving relationships they can rely on into adulthood.
Most of us have somebody we can turn to for practical and emotional support – family, friends, neighbours.
This is often not the case for children in care and those leaving care.
Those important relationships are often broken when they enter the care system. Many are separated from their siblings, have to change school, or move far away from family and friends.
Children and young people can be left isolated and alone. A lack of positive relationships increases the likelihood that they experience difficulties in life – such as poor mental health, a tougher time at school, unemployment and homelessness.
We know that if positive caring relationships can be built and strengthened, then it increases the likelihood of care experienced young people thriving in adulthood.
Lifelong Links is an innovative approach, developed by Family Rights Group, working to make sure every child in care and every care leaver is connected to people who care about them – for life.
A trained coordinator works with children and young people to find and safely connect with relatives and others they want to reach out to. From brothers and sisters, to school friends, former foster carers to teachers, and even pets.
Research shows Lifelong Links leads to a stronger sense of identity for the child or young person, more stability in their living arrangements, better mental health, and more positive relationships they can rely on.
Lifelong Links is currently available in 32 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. Over 2300 children and young people have benefited.
We are calling on Governments across the UK to make Lifelong Links an offer to all children and young people in care and care leavers.
Will you join us?
Use our campaign tool below to send a message to your elected representatives. Start by entering your postcode.
Suggested messages to post:
Lifelong Links ensures care-experienced young people have strong, supportive relationships. That’s why I’m supporting @FamilyRightsGp’s #BuildNotBreak campaign, which is calling for all children in care to be offered Lifelong Links. https://frg.eaction.org.uk/buildnotbreak
We all need people to turn to. But all too often, young people leave the care system without strong, loving support networks. This is why I’m backing @FamilyRightsGp’s #BuildNotBreak campaign to put relationships front and centre. https://frg.eaction.org.uk/buildnotbreak
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