Care Day, the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience, is happening on 16 February 2018.  Care Day 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the rights of care experienced children and young people and is a joint initiative between five children’s rights charities across the U.K. and Ireland, under the 5 Nations 1 Voice alliance.  Become in England, EPIC in Ireland, VOYPIC in Northern Ireland, Voices from Care in Wales and Who Cares? Scotland.  The alliance wants a world where the childhoods of these children and young people allow them to thrive and achieve their dreams so that they go onto have a future that is fulfilled, and they are proud of.

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It is estimated that looked after children are around five times more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system, than young people outside of the care system. There’s something just not right about that! Two charities that support vulnerable children and young people, took on the hot topic of youth justice asking what could be done to address this shocking statistic. ‘Care and Crime – Let’s Talk Justice’ was jointly hosted by Include Youth and VOYPIC.

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Minister O’Neill welcomed guests to ‘Seven Views of Me’, a special event to mark Care Day. Amongst the guests were chief executives and chairpersons of health and social care trusts who heard about attitudes to young people in care and how they impact on them.   Young people shared experiences of their lives in care and how they both embrace and struggle with their own care identity.  Guests heard how tough growing up in care can be as well as how resilient young people are.

17 February 2017

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You might think you know the full story about children in care, but VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care) wants you to LOOK, ACT, CARE again on Care Day, Friday 17 February. Starting with just one day, everyone is urged to take a fresh look and act to change the story for children and young people in care.

16 February 2017

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Following the release of the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) report Managing children who offend, VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care) says that a sense of urgency is long overdue on this critical issue in the care and support of looked after children.

6 July 2017

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