“When young people are heard great things happen.”

I’m Lynzy and I work as the Policy Ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland. I grew up in care. We know that when young people are heard great things happen. Like when the Scottish Parliament listened to care experienced young people and brought in a law called the Children and Young People Act 2014, which included some of the biggest changes to care in a long time.

Why it’s important care experienced voices are heard by schools, politicians and other policy makers

“As someone with care experience I think it is vital for our voices to be heard. We are the ones that live in care so we know how it really works and what it feels like, better than anyone else. Sharing things about yourself can be scary at the time, but afterwards I have always felt empowered. I remember the first time I shared my story, I felt like a bag of nerves but then I felt really listened to. I felt that everything I said had meaning and that finally my story was being understood and not judged.”

Why getting the right support at school when you’re care experienced matters

“Young people in care already face lives full of upheaval and uncertainty. They must cope with being separated from their families, adjusting to a new way of life, getting to know new people, as well as going to meetings, reviews and children’s hearings. Even though care experienced young people have the right to extra support in school, this doesn’t always happen. I believe that if our views are listened to, more people will understand what support we need in education and how important it is that we get it. We could improve the chances of care experienced young people going on to college and university, something that a lot of us never think we can achieve. I believe that if we, care experienced young people, are listened to, there is so much more we can achieve in the world.”

Who Cares? Scotland supports care experienced young people to have their voice heard through advocacy, campaigns and participation work.