1. Another thread of my rambling reflections about the politics of the care experience going back to the 50's to the present day. >
2. As I have said, the 50's/60's were brutally savage with violence towards kids routine across care. No complaints procedures, no advocacy, no pressure groups. Stigma, discrimination, feelings of abandonment, homelessness, etc etc >
3. I was in the job throughout the 70's until I retired in the noughties. I've been around the care system for almost 70yrs & must have seen 100's of care settings & spoke to 1000's of care experienced people. I've watched or taken part in care leaver politics most of my life >
4. Over the decades I've noted the many massive improvements, no more beatings, kids allowed in reviews, the end of order books, advocacy, complaints procedures, improved consultation, aftercare support etc. None given freely, all fought for>
5. I have watched the political awakening of the care experienced community & the beginning of a wonderful sense of identity & power. A butterfly is emerging.This is taking decades, but the care community is coming together in different settings over time and telling its truths >
6. As our care brother @SeanyWG shows in his films and our many care brethren over the years have described, the comings together of the care community have repeated loudly many times what is good, what has improved, and what needs changing.>
7. The conferences of the 80's, research by academics and charities, the @Careexpconf conference last year, the recent @OurCareOurSay2 webinar, have individually highlighted the areas that need work. The care community repeatedly shows it knows what needs reforming>
8. I would love to see all the learning of the conferences of the 80's and the work of care pioneers going back to Ian Brown in the 50's, together with the NAYPIC, Black & In Care conference leaders if the 80''s, careleaver led charities & groups, @OurCareOurSay2, @Careexpconf >
9. < ..all brought together in one place & shared. Let's see what the care community have been saying over decades. Make sure the Chair of the Care Review hears the truths of the three generations of care experienced people>
10. I have long got used to older care experienced friends saying "This was the same years ago & is the same still". It is, & we can all name the issues. They are the same because those with power have not acted to change them. It is as simple as that. >
11. I hope that the findings of @OurCareOurSay2 , #careexpconf, careleaver researchers & the work carried out by care experienced brethren over decades can come together to offer a powerful testimony to the care review of what needs doing - & has needed doing for years.

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2. "Co-production" must evolve from those with power introducing mechanisms to engage & consult the care experienced community of all ages in all their diversity in policy & decision making, & ensuring through transparent respectful education that the community is well informed >
3. We need to have healthy & clear mechanisms nationally & locally for decision makers to engage the care community as equal partners,, not just using a few selected kids in care or careleavers to validate corporate decision making. We've had that for years >
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1. Another ramble about consulting care experienced people. I'm supporting the @ourcareoursay team to get the views of care experienced people as in the public domain & shared with the (yet to be named) Chair of the Care Review Let's start with the survey smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WMGW1P/
2. smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WMGW1P/ I'm asking care experienced people of ALL ages, whoever you are, where ever you are, to complete the survey. The results will hopefully offer a collective view of the participants about who should be involved in the Review & what needs to be reviewed.>
3. The last I heard a few days ago, there were over a hundred completed surveys already & some really interesting points being made about engagement with the Care Review & what needs to be included. If you're care experienced, please complete & submit it. It adds to the learning>
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1. A year ago today, the #careexpconf team presented the care experienced conference reports to the Secretary of State in person. The messages about what care experienced people wanted were passed on to those in power, as promised >
2. eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-care-our… One year on, the #careexpconf team, @CareLeavers, @NIROMP2 & a team of care experienced people came together to offer care experienced people another opportunity to be heard by government>
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1. Some information about the @OurCareOurSay2 survey which you will have seen over the past week. (There is a link attached to this post). Care experienced folk of all ages, in all our glorious diversity, are being asked to complete it and send it in > smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WMGW1P/
2. There've been a few questions about it, which may have led to some confusion. Some folk asked whether @OurCareOurSay2 is part of the forthcoming Care System Review. No, it is not. There is no Care System Review yet & the Chair is yet to be announced > smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WMGW1P/
3. The @OurCareOurSay2 project is a very diverse group of people, some care experienced, some not. Some are part of @NIROMP2, @Careexpconf & @CareLeavers, others are care experienced supporters. All are committed to getting the care community heard > smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WMGW1P/
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1. @educationgovuk @10DowningStreet @vickyford Just wondering, do you plan to release the name of the Chair of the English Care Review any time soon or has the Review gone on the back burner? As Scotland get on with delivering their Promise, Westminster continue to say nothing>
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ourcareoursay.wordpress.com 1. Just a few thoughts about the @OurCareOurSay2 survey & forthcoming event. I am supporting it, and would invite all my care experienced followers of all ages, who ever & where ever you are, to take part. Please have a look at this attached survey >
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ourcareoursay.wordpress.com 3. Why should care experienced folk engage with @OurCareOurSay2 or indeed a forthcoming Care System Review when those in power only listen to the same individuals/groups of people & nobody approaches or considers the most vulnerable care experienced folk?>
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