The Why Not? Trust is campaigning for the Right to Relationships for all care experienced young people. As part of National Care Leavers Week and Care Experienced Week, the Trust is urging individuals and organisations to review, sign and support their 'Right to Relationships' Charter.
This Charter was developed by a group of seven care experienced members of the Why Not? community. They spent time sharing stories of the different relationships they had while being in care, and after moving on. The group believes that all young people in care should benefit from compassionate relationships, and want to make sure this happens. They were determined to do something to help those that don't have this opportunity, and this led to the Charter, the Right to Relationships.
The Why Not? Trust for Care Experienced Young People grew out of a successful initiative started by Care Visions Children's Services in 2014 to support long term connections and relationships between young people with care experience and the people who matter to them. As well as individual connections, the Why Not? Trust supports young people, including young parents, with care experience to develop their own community networks. These networks allow young people to access experiences and events that provide opportunities they might not have been able to access on their own.
All of the Rights are uniquely important to us based on the group's experiences and they hope that those who sign the Charter embed each Right in their daily interactions with children and young people.