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C.A.R.E - A new resource created by young people in care and care leavers
Thu 27 April 2017, 17:00 – 18:30 BST
Join us for the launch of C.A.R.E. a new board game and resource designed by young people in care and care leavers.
The resource is based on real life experiences of the care system and has been designed to be used by looked after young people, care leavers, social workers, teachers, personal advisors, educators, policy makers and anyone who wants to understanding what it really feels like to grow up in care.
During the launch the young people and games designers will teach you how to play the interactive and fun, but challenging and realistic, resource they have created to support other young people in similar situations to their own. You will also find out how CARE can support students and staff in your educational or social settings and how you can get a free copy and workshop for your school.
Background information about the project
Throughout 2016 Universal Board Games (UBG) and Care Leavers in Wandsworth Independent Living Scheme (WILS) created a questionnaire about key issues that affect them as they grew up in Care. This was completed by children and young people across Wandsworth and the results of how they felt growing up in Care were incorporated into a board game and resource tool CARE.
The Care Leavers worked with Universal Board Games, House of Illustration and artist Toya Walker to design and make the game, which includes the illustrations the young people created and stories they collected throughout the project.
To play the game each player chooses a character and travels through their Care journey collecting brain power and emotions to convert them into strength. The player who has the most strength on their 18th birthday gets to choose the best route of leaving Care for their character.
UBG have 20 free pilot copies of the game to distribute to people working with LAC and Care Leavers, educators (training social workers and in schools) and policy makers. UBG will also provide training for each group who recieves a copy of the resource.
UBG and WILS have witnessed the positive benefits for young people who have used the resource with their key workers and professionals in the care service. Playing the game creates a safe space for them to really express how growing up in care has affected them which the young people told us doesn’t happen in their regular meetings.
The resource has been highly recommended by Mike Stein, Research Professor in the Social Policy Research Unit at York University and author of Young People Leaving Care.
The project was funded by BBC Children in Need and House of Illustration.