Young People's Zone

More about our Voices writing competition

Every day, Coram Voice works with children in care and care leavers. They inspire and motivate us with their resilience, their maturity but most of all with their extraordinary voices. These children and young people have exceptional creative talent not despite of, but because of, their experiences.

All too often, the stories that make the news about children in care are negative. Being in care is a label that carries a heavy stigma that we want to change.


Creating positive images of children from care


Our Voices competition, which is now in its third year, is a platform for the voices of children in and around the care system. It promotes a positive image by showcasing young people’s creativity and improving understanding of their experiences.

The national writing competition was launched in 2016 to mark Coram Voice’s 40th anniversary and in honour of our founder, Gwen James, who died in 2015. 

In 2017, the theme for the competition was New Beginnings.The winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by actor and former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

You can read all the shortlisted entries on Creative Voices, a new free app featuring an anthology of writing by children in care. 

Or you can browse New Beginnings, a collection of writings from Voices 2017 available from CoramBAAF

Understanding care experienced children and young people


By hearing, and more importantly listening, to the voices of young, care-experienced, people, we hope to better understand them and help make their lives better. 

As part of this, our report Understanding why young people participate in the Voices competition details the findings of interviews carried out with competition entrants.


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