About Us

Voices From Care

Vision

We bring young people together from throughout Wales, who are, or have been looked after. We aim to provide opportunities, to improve the conditions of being in care, to promote the view of young people and to protect the interests of young people in care.

Mission Statement

At Voices From Care we bring children and young people together throughout Wales, who are, or have been looked after by local authorities, voluntary and private organisations, in order to:

  • Provide opportunities
  • Improve the conditions for children and young people in care
  • Promote the voices of children and young people in care
  • Protect the interests of children and young people in care
  • Promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Wales

History

Voices From Care was established in 1990 to help young people who are or have been looked after in Wales. What makes us unique is the fact that our organisation is run by people who have experienced the care system themselves. We aim to create opportunities for all young people who are or have been looked after in Wales and to make sure that they can have a say on the issues that really matter to them.

The aim of our charity is to advance the emotional, educational and physical welfare of young people in Wales who are or have been looked after. This is done by involving young people in the decision making process of not only the organisation, but to the decision makers in Wales. To achieve this Voices From Care:

  • Carry out research;
  • Gather the views and opinions of young people who are looked after to ensure that their views and experienced are taken into account at all levels of authority in Wales;
  • Encourage, support and develop county groups of young people, enable them to meet together to discuss common issues and interests about their experiences in care; Increase the profile and participation of young people who are looked after at all levels of decision-making in Wales;
  • Provide advice, assistance and advocacy for young people who are looked after;
  • Represent the views of children and young people and to actively campaign to improve the conditions for children and young people;
  • Assist in the development of participation frameworks within decision-making processes to further enable children and young people to have a voice;
  • Provide training, run by our members, for the service providers;
  • Actively promote the right of children and young people in care such as, the Rights of a Children and Young Persons Wales measure 2011 and The UN Rights of a Child;