Midlands children in care have their say to Parliament

As part of the national Entitlements Inquiry, more than 35 children and young people with experience of the care system in the Midlands gave their views.

There is no substitute for being able to listen to children and young people talking about their experiences first-hand – you simply can’t put a price on that.

- Richard Burden MP
The opportunity came as part of the Passport to Parliament series of events, run by The Who Cares? Trust. It gave young people in care from all over the Midlands a chance to have their say in front of MPs, local councillors, the Children's Commissioner and social work professionals, during a day of group workshops, debates and sessions on politics.

Young people from Birmingham Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford & Wrekin, Worcestershire and surrounding areas attended the event. Some, like Latisha, 19, who has been in care all her life, attended through Business in the Community's RISE programme.

"I’ve never been to an event like this before – it’s really great for young people to be able to meet MPs and feel like we are genuinely being listened to, that our voices are being heard," she said about the event.