children in care and care leavers

SCIE is a charity committed to helping young people.

We spoke to over 80 young people to find out what you need on a challenging day and what adults and services should do differently.

All the content on this website are young people's key messages on mental health.

Members of our young people's group with SCIE boss, Tony.

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Don't judge us.

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Don't leave us waiting for help or without information on decisions that affect us. We want to be involved in what's happening in our lives.

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If someone gets told they have mental health problems - give them time and space to think about it alone, or process with a friend/carer. We need time.

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Remember we are still young people.

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Don't treat us differently because we are in care.

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Remove barriers accessing mental health services. This includes access, location, waiting times and information about how the service can help.

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Let young people be involved in deciding what they want or how they receive help.

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Social workers should be trained in life story work, talking therapies and anger management.

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If a young person has complex needs, they should have access to more advanced therapy. If social workers were trained in life story work, therapy and anger management then a lot of issues could be resolved.

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Not everything is an issue or problem - sometimes young people just need help to take stock and to speak about things.

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Young people need love and kindness, interventions should be tailored to this.

Don't leave us waiting for help or without information on decisions that affect us. We want to be involved in what's happening in our lives.

If someone gets told they have mental health problems - give them time and space to think about it alone, or process with a friend/carer. We need time.

Remember we are still young people.

Don't treat us differently because we are in care.

Remove barriers accessing mental health services. This includes access, location, waiting times and information about how the service can help.

Let young people be involved in deciding what they want or how they receive help.

Social workers should be trained in life story work, talking therapies and anger management.

If a young person has more complex needs, they should have access to more advanced therapy. But if social workers were trained in life story work, therapy and anger management then a lot of issues would be resolved.

Not everything is an issue or problem - sometimes young people just need help to take stock and to speak about things.

Young people need love and kindness, interventions should be tailored to this.

External Links

Children’s Commissioner

childrenscommissioner.gov.uk

The Office of the Children's Commissioner promotes the rights, views and interests of children in policies or decisions affecting their lives. They particularly represent children who are vulnerable or who find it hard to make their views known.

Helping Hand

0800 528 0371

Children’s Commissioner dedicated helpline for children in care and leaving care

Childline

0800 1111

childline.org.uk

Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.

The Mix

themix.org.uk

Online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on our moderated discussion boards and live chat room.

Samaritans

24-hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)

jo@samaritans.org

samaritans.org

Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.

Youth Access

020 8772 9900

youthaccess.org.uk

Information on youth counselling.

Young Minds

020 7089 5050 (general enquiries)

youngminds.org.uk

National charity committed to improving the mental health of all babies, children and young people. Provides information for both parents and young people.

Contact us