In February 2021 half term, the Leaving Care apprentices and the In-Care Councils (SiCC & SLCC) were invited to deliver a training session via Teams to 16 first-year social work students at Yeovil College.
We showed the students a film incorporating the voices of young people from the Care Councils, entitled ‘What Makes a Good Social Worker?’.
The young people used their lived experiences of care to tell the students what worked and what wasn’t helpful. The main learning points were around consistency, reliability and listening to young people.
Watch this video to hear Somerset Care Leaver Aimee Bond talk about how she became a National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum Champion.
Tash’s first memory is violence, it was her father pushing her mother against the kitchen stove, she was two or three years old.
Tash grew up a survivor of violence and wants children and young people to know that your origin is not your future… your origin is not who you will be. This is Tash’s story, as told and illustrated by her.
Trigger warning: Some viewers may find the content in the film distressing as it contains detailed descriptions of family violence, abuse, neglect and suicide involving children and young people.