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Our impact 

Our Impact in Numbers (2020-2021)

While we may feel deep down that we are making a difference, we know that it is the people we aim to help who can tell us whether we are doing things right or wrong.

Our universal impact question – introduced in August 2019 – is directed to all children and young adults we work with. At the end of any and all sessions, our practitioners ask a simple question:

“How do you feel as a result of our work today?”

We are proud that, even when facing some of the greatest challenges life can throw at them, 92% came away from interaction with us feeling positive. That is a great achievement and we hope to help even more in future too.

92% of young people we worked with said they came away from the interaction feeling positive

(April 2020 – March 2021)

269 professionals accessed training or support from Become

on subjects like the rights and entitlements for children in care and care leavers, and empowering young people in care.

700+ children and young people helped through Become’s direct service

including our Care Advice Service, tailored 1:1 support and coaching, group workshops and drop-in sessions.

609 enquiries to our Care Advice Line

Our free helpline for care-experienced children, young people and professionals provided advice, advocacy and support to 609 callers this year, offering vital information and help around rights and entitlements, housing and education.

What we do

Our Impact 2019-2020

Providing advice and support

Our free helpline for care-experienced children, young people and professionals provided advice, advocacy and support to 475 callers 2019-2020, 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.

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

In 2019-2020,  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.

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. In 2019-2020, 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.