Every year since the dawn of social care, there have been an increasing number of children who are taken into local authority care and looked after in these environments. There has been around about a 2% increase each year.
Despite an increase in the number of children in care, it is still considered something that people are scared to talk about. Whether this be to peers, work colleagues or members of the general public. Here at Footsteps to Futures, we can see the impact of the stigma first hand, and we want to end it.
More than 60% of looked after children are removed from their homes due to abuse, mistreatment or lack of support. This is coupled with the fact that children in care are much less likely to have the same mental development due to such upheaval at a young age.
At Footsteps to Futures, we work our best to reduce the number of children who are affected by the impact of being moved out of home. Whether upset or relieved, we provide therapeutic living environments that are designed to allow young people to thrive.
However, we can only do so much when it comes to supporting young people, the rest is down to you. There are numerous things you could do, to limit the stigma:
- Acceptance – It’s your job to accept that being in a social care environment is common, with more than 70,000 children currently in this type of establishment or in foster care.
- Listen – If someone you know is in care or has been previously, it doesn’t take a counsellor to lend some time to listen about their experience.
- Educate – Time to educate other people about social care. An important part of ending stigmatism is to tell other people how the social care industry is improving.
As part of a wider network, Footsteps to Futures provides high quality care that incorporates the work of external services to provide psychological intervention and therapy to ensure that all children have a quality of support that they deserve.
We work tirelessly to end the negative stigma that is attached to children in care. Working from the view that support is far better than management in any capacity especially when it comes to children and young adults. If we can all learn from the method of support, we can all begin to accept each other.