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Looked After Children Experiences

This page links to other pages exploring the care experiences of looked after children. All of the information comes from workshops with children and young people who have been in long-term care.

Becoming Looked After

Looked After children recount their experiences of becoming looked after for the first time or when changing placement. More...

Contact

Looked After children share their experiences of contact with family and friends. More

Social Workers

What makes a good social worker? Here children and young people looked after share their views! More...

Looked After Children Education

Looked After children share their unease about teachers telling their classmates they are in care. More...

Foster Home

Looked After children share their experiences of living in foster care. More...

Colton

Having a review of your life every six months or less can be daunting for Looked After children. More...

Foster Kids

Looked After children help social workers with their day-to-day problems! More...

Children's Rights

A storyboard prepared by looked after children about different foster care perspectives. More...



A POEM BY AN ANONYMOUS AUTHOR

I'm so scared you won't want me...
Because I feel like I'm nothing but a bother and a nuisance…
I'm so scared…that some times I say and do things I don't mean…
The other day, when I said I hated you…
I wanted to run to you and say hold me I love you…
But, for some reason I didn't…
Instead, I stomped up to my room and cried…
The other day, when I broke your favourite glass figurine…
I wanted to say I am so, so sorry…
But, for some reason I didn't…
Instead, I pretended to look pleased with myself…
The other day, when you asked me to do my homework…
I wanted to say, please help me…it's too hard to understand…
But, for some reason I didn't…
Instead, I whined and complained…until you sat by my side…
The other day, when I screamed in my sleep…
I wanted to say I'm so glad it's you I woke to see…
But, for some reason I didn't…
Instead, I told you to go away…
Oh how I wish you could hear my true words…
How I wish I felt safe to say them…
How I wish you would need me as much as I need you…
All I want is to please you…I truly do…
But, for some reason I didn't…