Become is here to make a difference to individual lives right now, and the care system as a whole for future generations. Since 1992 we’ve been working to improve the everyday lives and future life chances of children in care and young care leavers.
Our vision is that children who spend time in care have equal chances to lead a happy and fulfilling life to those who are raised in their birth families.
We provide help, support and advice to young people in care and young care leavers so that they can unleash their potential and take control of their lives. We help make the care system work better by ensuring that young people’s voices and perspectives shape policy and service provision.
We are fearless – we speak up for children in care and young care leavers and put their needs above ours We are compassionate – we care about the young people we support and we help the care system to be more like a loving parent We are determined – we work to the best of our ability to bring about change for individual young people we work with and for the care system.
We believe in the potential of children and young people who spend time in care. With the right support and people who believe in them, we believe that even the lives of the most vulnerable and traumatised children and young people can be turned around. We also believe that it is our duty to use the knowledge gained from our direct work to campaign for better policy and to champion the rights of all children in care and young care leavers.
For 2016-2019 we have three key strategic aims: 1. To improve the emotional wellbeing of young care leavers, with a particular focus on developing resilience, self-belief, social capital and aspiration. 2. To improve the educational outcomes of children in care in the UK and to narrow the gap between their educational attainment and those of their peers. 3. To identify, highlight and seek to remedy injustices in the experiences of children in care and young care leavers, with a particular focus on their legal rights and entitlements.
Latest news and stories
Great meeting with our advisory group today looking at stigma in the media, interactions with the police and work with schools. Thanks to @neilsonandrew and @ClaireSands10 from @TheHowardLeague for joining us today and to everyone for sharing their expertise.
Enjoying today's @become1992 Policy Advisory Group meeting, where our care-experienced advisors develop campaigns and policy for us to work on. Special thanks to @TheHowardLeague's Claire and Andrew for attending earlier to talk about criminalisation of children in care.
Thank you to Lord Listowel for inviting us and Personal Advisors from across London to share what they need to better support care-experienced young people. https://twitter.com/Become1992/status/1141812865281736710/photo/1pic.twitter.com/1tpIhbIERY pic.twitter.com/XE9it7Ag5O
Our free to download Care Factsheets have been translated into 6 languages for workers & carers supporting unaccompanied refugee children entering the UK. Available now in Arabic, Tigrinya, Kurdish, Pashto, Vietnamese and Albanian. #RefugeeWeek2019 https://becomecharity.org.uk/for-young-people/care-factsheets/ …
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jun/14/england-under-21s-lloyd-kelly-bournemouth-bristol-city … Great story in @guardian about Lloyd Kelly, the Engalns Under 21 defender who was fostered, with his siblings, from the age of six