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Our Impact

2019-2020

Our mission is to help children in care and young care leavers to believe in themselves and to heal, grow and unleash their potential. We work alongside them to make the care system the best it can be.

557 children and young people helped through Become’s direct service
475 enquiries to our Care Advice Line
Providing advice and support

Our free helpline for care-experienced children, young people and professionals provided advice, advocacy and support to 475 callers last year, offering vital information and help around rights and entitlements, housing and education. Our regular 'Link Up' groups bring care-experienced young people together to connect, build community, learn from and support each other.

Young people shaping our work

We work with, not just for, care-experienced young people to deliver real changes to policy and practice in the care system. The Advisory Group at Become plays a vital role in our work and ensures we are listening to you at every opportunity. It is made up of care-experienced young adults from across the country. The group brings their valuable knowledge and expertise to support Become and other organisations. Care-experienced young people also form our recruitment panels, strategy and a range of our activities.

“Working together with Become for the past two years has been a great experience. Allowing young people with lived experience to advise on the care of looked-after children and care leavers is the way to go!”

George, Advisory Group member

"Through the Advisory Group, we’ve been able to look outside ourselves and learn about how different and individual each person’s care experience is – and why it’s important to recognise this and hear from as many care-experienced people as possible."

Advisory Group statement

Influencing policy and practice

Become is applying pressure to the government to make vital changes to the care system and improve the lives of care experienced young people. We’re proud that our policy, research and campaigning work is directly informed by care-experienced young people, including those who are seldom-heard. Decision makers need to hear the views of young people directly to create positive change.

Improving wellbeing and resilience

Last year, we provided 134 one on one coaching sessions and 88 support sessions to improve wellbeing and help young people find the tools within to achieve their goals. Watch the video below to hear from Rachel how Coaching at Become helped her achieve her goals.

87% of young people we worked with said they came away from the interaction feeling positive
Helping care leavers achieve their education aspirations

Our website Propel is unique: it sets out exactly what support and provision almost every university in the UK provides for care leavers. Last year 95% of universities participated in Propel. Together, we're helping more care leavers go into higher education and make informed decisions about what and where to study.

9,795 people used Propel to better understand the support available to them at college and university
Training professionals

Over 342 professionals benefited from our suite of training sessions, designed to spread knowledge and insights and develop skills so that life chances for young people from care can be improved.

Empowering care-experienced young people to be change-makers

Become has acted as secretariat for the all-party parliamentary group for looked-after children and care leavers since it started in 1998. In 2018-19, we enabled 120 care-experienced young people to share their views and experiences with MPs and members of the House of Lords as well as 205 care professionals and foster carers.

Please help us to continue our vital work

A small national charity, we do not receive any funding from government. That's what makes every gift you make so precious. It's because of the generosity of our supporters that children in care and young care leavers can receive support and have their voices heard. Thank you.