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Would you like to be a guest blogger for a national children’s rights-based charity?

Every voice deserves to be heard. What is it like for children and young people living in care today?

The media often shows stereotypes of children and young people in care as lost causes. This influences our attitudes and behaviours, in ways we don’t even realise. This is stigma – and it affects people with care experience in all areas of life. It’s time to change the story.

We want to hear from you about your wishes, feelings and experiences of life in care.  Have you got some advice to share? Do you have some top tips on living independently. Whatever your experience,  we want to give you the opportunity to share your story, in your own way, with others facing a similar situation. Your work will be published on our website and social media channels please take a look at the blogging guidelines and FAQ’s below.

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Check out our FAQs below for more information!

What kind of content are we looking for?

We are always looking for a variety of content from care-experienced children and young people up to the age of 25, in a range of different formats including images, video, blogs, stories, quotes, poems or any other way you feel comfortable expressing yourself.

Do I need to have been supported by NYAS to make a contribution?

You do not need to have been supported by NYAS to submit your content, but if you have been helped by us then please tell us if or how we made a difference. Whilst our services are not limited to supporting those with care experience, this is our core audience, so we would ask that you are either currently in the care of a local authority or have had experience of living in care.

What happens after I’ve sent you my work?

We are committed to making sure your experience is told through your own voice and narrative, but our marketing team will always proof-read any written submissions for any grammar or spelling mistakes before we publish on our NYAS channels. Don’t worry – we won’t rewrite your piece; we will simply make sure it reads clearly.

Due to the volume of requests we receive, we cannot guarantee to feature every submission on our channels, but we will always acknowledge your submission in writing to advise that we have received it.

I’m happy for you to use my work on some of your channels, but not others. How do I communicate this?

That’s absolutely fine. When you complete the consent form you will be able to tick where you are happy for your work to be shared and if you are okay with us using your real name.

How long will you store my work for?

Your privacy and data protection is important to us. The contribution provided by you will be:

  • stored and used for up to a period of three years unless you choose to withdraw your consent. You can do this by contacting your project worker or emailing marketing@nyas.net
  • used to promote or advertise NYAS’ services through the channels which you have agreed we may use
  • kept securely and only shared with our suppliers or partners who we work with to deliver and improve services
  • It may also be made available for members of NYAS services teams or for our fundraisers to use

What happens next?

We are excited to share your work, but before we do this we need you to please complete our NYAS Consent Form and if you are under the age of 18 you will need the permission of a parent/guardian or responsible adult before we can feature your submission.

Check out our blogging guidelines for tips and advice on how to get started!

If you have any questions or want to know more please email marketing@nyas.net

Thank you for your support and we look forward to hearing from you.