Snap that Stigma Episode 2: Meet Emily

Episode 2 Show Notes

Over 46,000 children and young people around Australia are currently in care due to no fault of their own. They face unfair disadvantage and often are subject to stigma, being branded with stereotypes that don’t befit them. So, we want to #SnapThatStigma!

One of our long standing campaigns is our Snap That Stigma Campaign, where we aim to highlight the achievements and incredible vibrance and diversity in the young people we work alongside every day. You can learn more about the campaign here.

We have just released this podcast series where young people interview each other about their experiences in care, their challenges with stigma and what we can do about it! Snapping stigma starts with a conversation, and the more we can elevate the voices of young people with care experiences, the better.

The young people involved in this podcast have been passionate advocates, each with their own stories, challenges, purpose and dreams. We are so grateful to them for being a part of this project, and sharing with each other and us as listeners. We would appreciate your supporting in sharing this message – sharing their voices and help us to end the unfair stigma faced by those in care.

In this episode, we meet Emily

Emily is a passionate advocate, who has built her whole career around sharing her story and advocating for change. In this episode, we hear from Emily about her life growing up in care, the stigma she faced as a child in care, when she become a “young mum”, and again as she started building her business in the advocacy space without having a qualification. Having worked with CREATE, Adopt Change and many other organisations closely for years, Emily has been instrumental in pushing for systemic change in the care system and is passionate about seeing barriers broken down for young people with a care experience – particularly around employment and education. Emily’s passion and fire for change is contagious, so listen in to feel inspired by her #SnapThatStigma journey. Thanks for sharing your story with us Emily!

Please note: these episodes may touch on topics of child abuse or neglect, so listener discretion is advised if hearing these stories may be triggering for you. If you are feeling upset or want to talk to someone, there is always help available through LifeLine on 13 11 14 or Kids HelpLine on 1800 55 1800. 

Who Are We?

CREATE Foundation is the national consumer body for children and young people in out of home care. We work to CONNECT children and young people to each other, EMPOWER them to have a voice and create CHANGE on a systemic level. 

One of the biggest obstacles faced by children and young people with a care experience is the stigma surrounding it. Being labelled the “problem child”, “troubled” or “bad” – when children and young people are placed into care due to no fault of their own. One of CREATE’s major campaigns is the Snap that Stigma initiative, where we want to showcase how incredible the young people we work with are, to overcome this negative image dogging young people with a care experience.

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