‘Enriching Life Opportunities’

What We Do

 

Our ambition is to transform the life outcomes of local children in care / looked after children and care leavers.

We listen to local children in care and care leavers to hear and directly respond to their voices, needs and priorities.

 

In 2019 we consulted with hundreds of Northamptonshire’s looked after beneficiaries, partners and community members. They identified priority needs as: better mental health; better education and better employment, so in 2020 we’re driving these themes forward with partners’ support to deliver bespoke therapy, extra-curricular education, positive and creative activities, mentoring, opportunities for work experience and employment. Sadly, existing needs have been severely compounded by Covid19 which has further traumatised and isolated beneficiaries so our charitable activities are needed more now than ever.

 

When placed in care, children have already experienced a disproportionate range of trauma and adverse childhood experiences and will face complex adversity throughout their lives. It is a fact that children in care and those leaving care face a variety of poor life outcomes. Research in 2018 (Looked after Children: The Silent Crisis) showed that UK children in care and care leavers are:

• 4 times more likely to have a mental health condition

• 4 times more likely to be in the youth criminal justice system

• only 14% achieve 5 grade A to C GCSE’s, and

• 40% aged 19 to 21 years are NEET (not in education, employment or training).

 

There are now over 1150 (February 2020) children in care in Northamptonshire and over 700 care leavers.

The numbers of children in care in the county have increased over recent years, in 2013 there were under 800.

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