1. Safety. Knives should be locked up when you live with other kids. You can get bashed if not joining in with high risk activities. I lived with carers who were drug dealers. Everyone has rights - we should know what our rights are. 2. Participation in decisions.
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Knives should be locked up when you live with other kids
You can get bashed if not joining in with high risk activities
I lived with carers who were drug dealers
Everyone has rights- we should know what our rights are
2. Participation in
Nobody ever listens to me
I should have a choice
Carers can’t know what is best for you
unless you voice your opinion
We should be included in meetings to decide what placement is right for us
No-one ever listens to me at Case Plans
How many placement changes can I have?
An opinion is never wrong
3. Family and friends
Getting to see my family is hard
I want to see my family
I should be able to see my family
I lose friends by having police checks
I should have the choice not to see my family
4. Normal children
I don’t get treated with enough respect
4. Normal children
Normal kids live with their family…They don’t wake up with a stranger living in the next room.
My caseworker sends me birthday cards!
It’s hard ….
others look down on me because I’m in care
I have felt ashamed to be in care
I should be supported for
It’s what’s on the inside that counts
DHS workers and our carers need to know …
they should respect us
Carers need to respect - they can’t go through my room or my stuff
How can a child learn respect if they are not given respect?
5. Support to reach goals
DHS should pay for what we need…
like MET tickets to get to school
… because they are our parents
When we’re bored is when we get into trouble
I’ve had to wait more than a year for clothing allowance
You can’t look dickey just because you’re in care
I’d be lost without my activities
We need help/support with
Help me to learn how to look after myself
Kids in care mature faster
… they have to for survival
I want to learn
how to budget
how to cook
I want age appropriate help
6. After care support
When my caseworker told me I was now on my own
I felt like a broken toy kicked to the side
I can’t be the only one to look after me when I turn 18
I had no support after I left care
We should have Transition Workers
and “leaving care” packs
… financial support too !
We need to know about services
Help with budgets
Somewhere to live
if you listen to us… we can find our dreams