Snap that Stigma
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As part of our 2015 – 2017 Strategic Plan, CREATE has a goal to reduce the stigma associated with children and young people with a care experience. Children and young people with a care experience can often face discrimination in many forms that may have a negative impact on their lives.
At CREATE’s 2015 ‘Youth For Change’ conference, we heard the voices of young people on a panel discussion about stigma. The panel included CREATE Young Consultants, Naomi and Carlatina, who shared their experiences about how stigma had affected them in their lives. These examples of discrimination that young people with a care experience, such as foster kids never do as well as the other kids, your life won’t go anywhere or you’ve got no ambition, offered insight to the lives of children and young people in care.
CREATE want to #SnapthatStigma and change the pre-conceived views that people may have about young people with a care experience. We want to share stories of children and young people in care who are doing great things to help change these views. It all starts with believing that children and young people are more than just their care experience.
Our Snap that Stigma video features 8 young people sharing their experiences and perspectives on the issue of stigma during their time in care, and making it clear that they are not just kids in care! We hope that hearing their voices inspires change to the preconceived views that some people may have about young people with a care experience.
Stigma Position Paper
CREATE has produced a Position Paper on Stigma in Out-of-Home Care. CREATE believes children and young people, with a care experience, need equal access to services, to be treated fairly without judgement, to feel connected and accepted by the community, and to enjoy the same opportunities and life as every other child and young person in Australia.
We want to share stories of children and young people in care and promote the strengths and resilience of children and young people with a care experience. Click on the links below to read the inspiring stories from young people in care.
Do you know a young person in care achieving amazing things?
Help CREATE snap that stigma and share a positive story over social media, just hashtag #snapthatstigma or email email@example.com