A National Voice – co-production and participation with young people

“Through participating at Coram Voice it allows me to meet other young people who also come from a care experienced background.

“Coram Voice opened up many opportunities to me as it allowed me to build up on my skills and personal development.”  

(National Voice participants)

The involvement of children and young people at Coram Voice remains at the heart of everything we do. 

Participation gives young people the opportunity to participate in decisions that affect their lives and makes a real difference to both them and other young people.

How A National Voice works

A national network of children and young people aged 0-26, who want to challenge stereotypes of children in care and improve the care system.

A National Voice (ANV) was established almost two decades ago by care experienced young people, to be the National Voice of Children in Care and Care Leavers in England.

In 2017 ANV joined Coram Voice, so that children and young people from care could continue to have their voices heard through national projects. 

A National Voice projects

We develop programmes through ANV that are led by  care experienced children and young people. We aim to improve the care-system, promote young people’s aspirations and challenge public negative attitudes towards  care-experienced young people.

ANV engages children and young people in co-production projects including:

  • An Ambassador Programme for individuals selected to represent young people’s voice nationally and develop campaigns or resources to address the issues identified.
  • Training Social Workers in what it is like to be a child in and leaving care.
  • Working with children in care councils across England to explore key issues and inform campaigns or projects around what is important to young people.

Get involved in A National Voice

A National Voice amplifies young people’s voices to influence national policies and practices that discriminate against them, and in turn improve the local care they receive.

To find out more please email anv@coramvoice.org.uk 

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