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
Moving out of foster care or residential care can be a difficult and confusing time. Our ‘Moving to Independence’ training session ensures that you prepared and ready for this next step! Find out more: https://lght.ly/fj2aiak pic.twitter.com/aDH7eRbTfq
We're on the advisory board for Ofsted's research into 'good decisions for looked after children'. In this blog Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care, outlines what they hope to achieve. https://lght.ly/cf4h8j2
Did you know... we provide training and consultancy for organisations working with young people in care. Themes include managing transitions, a beginner’s guide to care, and understanding rights and entitlements. Find out more - https://lght.ly/nk00g14
We need a way for all our care leavers to give us feedback, so that it shapes the service we offer and our own personal development. How do we really know if we are getting it right or wrong? How does my manager know my areas for improvement to be included in my appraisal? https://twitter.com/become1992/status/1128694198541090816 …
We recently asked young people what message they'd like to send to Personal Advisors. Here's what they told us. pic.twitter.com/bwr6Z8E48Z