Tired of being negatively stereotyped, a group of looked-after young people from Lancashire want to challenge misconceptions of those living in care.
Their story was broadcast on Monday 9th March on ITV Granada Reports.
Sixteen-year-old Mark Ormerod and Callum Griffin (18) are sharing their experiences to show that the care system can change lives for the better.
‘I’ve been in and out of care since I was about three,’ explains Mark.
‘People say some nasty things like “your parents are dead” and “you’re not loved.”
‘When I tell people I’m in care, the first reaction is often sympathy or people think my life must be awful - but it’s not. It’s time this stereotyping and prejudice is addressed.’
With Fixers, the group are helping to produce a film to try to prevent others in their position from facing negative reactions.
‘I was bullied because I was different,’ says Callum, who went into care at the age of 14 after his dad passed away.
‘Now, I’ve changed so much. The care home changed it.’
With Fixers, the group have created a film depicting a young boy in care, named Sam, who shares his experiences.
You can watch the group's Fixers film 'Sam's Story - Children in Care' below.
Debbie Nolan-Plunkett, Children’s Services Manager at Barnardo's, appears in the broadcast in support of the group’s campaign.
‘We see some really extreme cases of bullying, where a young person is going to school every day and feeling like nobody wants to be their friend,’ she comments.
‘They suffer physical and verbal assault at times.
‘Just because someone is in care, it doesn’t make them any less able than others.’
Mark adds: ‘Our aim is to tackle the stereotypes that come with being in care. Having a voice on this issue is quite wonderful.
‘It’s not just about us as a group. It’s for everyone else in the system.’
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Jade and her team are using their experiences of being in care to challenge
misconceptions of those leaving the system. Watch their Fixers film.