Care Day

What is CARE DAY?


CARE DAY is the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience. This group includes children and young people who are or were cared for by foster carers, or other family members, and those who live in children’s homes. They deserve to be celebrated, on CARE DAY, and every day.

The first CARE DAY took place in 2016. It began in the UK and Ireland as a joint initiative across five children’s rights charities.

  • Voice of Young People in Care (Northern Ireland)
  • Become (England)
  • Empowering People in Care (Ireland)
  • Voices from Care (Wales)
  • Who Cares? Scotland (Scotland)


CARE DAY takes place on the third Friday of February, every year.





Care Day 24 - Friday 16 February

We are delighted to announce our ninth annual CARE DAY will take place on Friday 16 February 2024. 


Care Day provides us a special day each year for children and young people with lived experience of care. We are working on the full schedule of activities and events for the celebration. Click the button below to sign up to get all the info straight to you inbox!

Care Day is all about celebrating and connecting young people with lived experience of care. This year, we want to recognise care experienced young people who have had a significant achievement, or who have made a contribution to their community. 

Nominations have now closed. Winners will be announced on Care Day, Friday 16 February.

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We’re asking you to put your ‘Hands Up for Care Day’. This means writing #CareDay24 on the palm of your hand, then sharing a selfie of if on your social media channels, on Friday 16 February.

This year, we are asking you to take the photo somewhere that shows where you are, if it is safe for you to do so. So, for example, you might take it at a local landmark, or outside your office. Or, you might take it from a comfy chair in your house. Somewhere that means something to you.

Care Day is all about connecting and celebrating the care experienced community. So, we want to show that there is support for young people with lived experience of care in every corner of the UK and Ireland, especially here in Northern Ireland. 

When you share your photo, don’t forget to use #CareDay24 and tag VOYPIC in your post. 


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