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Children Moving in Care

Every 20 minutes, a child in care moves home.

Often, these children move with less than 24 hours notice, making it difficult to say goodbye to their friends, teachers and classmates. 

What can make this move worse is having to pack their precious belongings into flimsy bin bags, causing items to be damaged or broken. 

My Things Matter: The Facts

As part of the My Things Matter campaign, NYAS conducted extensive research with care-experienced young people, local authorities, and professionals who work across the care sector. We discovered that: 

  • 80% of children and young people who responded said that their belongings were moved in bin bags at least once during their time in care.
  • 3 in 5 young people said that at least one, but usually more, of their personal belongings had been lost or damaged during a move in care.
  • Just over 60% of professionals confirmed that they had seen bin bags being used to move the belongings of a child in care over the last 5 years.
  • 4 in 5 care-experienced young people said that they were not contacted by their local authority to garner feedback on their moving experience.
  • Only 1 in 3 local authorities provide formal, written guidance for staff and carers when a child is moving home in care.

These facts are just the beginning, and you can read our My Things Matter report in English and Welsh.

Read the My Things Matter Report.

Things Need to Change

Unfortunately, children in care have been moving home without the dignity and respect they deserve for far too long. 

My Things Matter is campaigning for improved support and respect for care-experienced children and their belongings when they move, across England and Wales. 

We are asking local authorities to help make the moving experience as positive as possible for children and young people in the care system.

To support this change, we are asking local authorities across England and Wales to adopt and implement the My Things Matter pledge: 

Has Your Authority Signed the My Things Matter Pledge?

To the right, you can find our My Things Matter map. This map identifies all of the local authorities across England and Wales who have signed this pledge, and made a promise to improve the moving experience for children in their care.

The local authorities who have already signed the My Things Matter pledge are: 

  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • East Sussex
  • Bexley
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Suffolk
  • Tameside
  • North Yorkshire
  • Medway
  • Hartlepool
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • Redbridge
  • Warrington
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Devon
  • Southampton
  • Wakefield
  • Wigan
  • Norfolk
  • Oxfordshire
  • West Sussex
  • Lincolnshire

Can’t see your local authority listed? If you work for a local authority and would like to sign up to our campaign pledge, click here or email policy@nyas.net.

If you don't work for a local authority, keep reading to see how you can use your voice to make a change.

Partnering With Madlug

NYAS is thrilled to be launching this campaign in partnership with Madlug, an award winning bag brand based in Ireland. 

Madlug stands for Made with a Difference Luggage, and the company champions Value, Dignity and Worth for children and young people in care. Established by a youth worker in 2015, Madlug is fighting for the same cause as NYAS’ My Things Matter campaign. 

For every bag that they sell, Madlug donates a travel bag to a child in care. So far, Madlug have provided over 45,000 travel bags to care-experienced children and young people across the UK and Ireland. 

We’re thrilled to have this social action company supporting My Things Matter by donating bulk orders of free pack-away Madlug bags to local authorities who sign the campaign pledge. 

Learn More About Madlug

How Can I Help Children Moving in Care?

NYAS cannot make this change alone. So, we are asking for your support.

Write to Your Local Councillor

Politicians have the power to change things – that’s why NYAS often work to influence decision-makers on a local, regional and national basis surrounding key issues that affect children and young people in care. So, we are asking you to alert your local councillor to the My Things Matter campaign, and for them to pledge their support.

Your contribution will play a huge role in making sure that children moving in care are treated with the respect they deserve.

You can find the details of your local councillor here, and we’ve created a campaign letter template for you which is available to download below.

Simply download the document below, personalise it with your name, the name of your councillor, and feel free to add any extra details/opinions of your own, then it’s ready to send. 

Once you’ve written to your councillor, share your action across social media using #MyThingsMatter, and encourage your social connections to do the same!

Still have questions about writing to your local councillor? Check out the FAQs at the bottom of this page.

Download our Councillor Letter Template

Purchase a Madlug Bag

You can also purchase a bag from Madlug, who in turn will gift a pack-away travel bag to a young person in care.

Since you are buying a Madlug bag as part of My Things Matter, you can use the discount code NYAS10 for a 10% discount off your bag purchase too.

Buy Your Madlug Bag

Follow #MyThingsMatter on Social Media

The final thing you can do to support our campaign is following our journey on social media, whilst liking and commenting on our posts to help our campaign grow. 

Follow and use the hashtag #MyThingsMatter to stay up to date with all of the latest campaign news.

You can find NYAS on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

You can explore NYAS’ full range of current campaigns, as well as our previous campaigns, to see the impact our efforts are having on policy and legislation for children and young people in care across England and Wales.

If you want to support our campaigning efforts, or have an experience you want to share with us, feel free to get in touch with our friendly NYAS team.

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Still Have Questions?

If you have further questions about this campaign, get in touch with us and our policy and research team will be happy to help.

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