Posted: 13 August 2015

Handle with Care: Missing my brother

Anna writes about what the Handle with Care campaign means for her and her family. 

My little brother has been in care for three years. In that time, he has been placed in care homes, foster placements and children's secure units. He has been moved countless times to numerous different cities. When I read about The Children’s Society’s campaign Handle With Care, I wanted to write something as this campaign highlights so many of the issues that my brother has faced. 

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My brother has been placed all over the country – from Southampton to Carlisle. The reasons he gets moved vary from 'the placement doesn't suit your needs', to 'you need to be placed somewhere you can't “run” from’. But he always runs. They call this absconding. 

The police come to our home looking for my brother, and once they see he is safe and well they leave. Social workers have come and gone, for no apparent reason. We just get a call saying: 'this person has left, I will take over', or: 'hi I'm leaving next week, here's your new social worker’s contact details'. My mum is at her wits end as she doesn’t know who to turn to.

Disruption to education

My brother has been out of school since he went into care. He's been placed in some schools but this has only lasted a matter of weeks due to the amount of times he has moved to different parts of the country. Ultimately he has missed out on a lot of vital education.

At first he tried joining sports clubs; football and karate for example. Just as he got settled and his coaches were praising him and telling him about all his opportunities he could have with the club, he has had to move.

This is the reason I wrote this blog. I would really like nothing more but for my family to be settled and my brother to be happy. I would like my brother to have a stable place to stay, a stable place of education, a plan that we are all aware of, agree to and that actually works.

If this campaign helps one child avoid this awful situation then I will feel it has served its purpose. 

Thank you for reading my story.  

Please sign the petition calling for better support for young people in care in Manchester. 

Names have been changed to preserve anonymity.

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