We understand that not everyone has the same definitions. This is why we have created a page to explain the definitions that we go by around the following terms.

Care Experience

Any person who is or who once spent any length of time in their youth or childhood under the provision of the State or of a Charity or other organisation tasked with children's provision.

 

We believe you are care experienced for life. There is no age limit on being care experienced. We believe people from all walks of life and all backgrounds can be care experienced. 

The following in our eyes makes you care experienced. There is no time limit on the time you spent in care. If you spent a month at a residential home, or a 5 years living with a family member. You are Care Experienced. But we understand there may be types of care we missed. We welcome the space to learn

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Residential children's home

  • Foster Care 

  • Supported/Semi-Independent accommodation

  • Adopted

  • Kinship/Guardianship

  • A secure unit

Care Experience Community 

We understand the care experienced community may not look like a community in the traditional sense. It is the arguably the most diverse community to exist across the world. It is made up of every gender, race, religion, disability, class and more.  What makes us a community is we all have a shared experience of 'care'. We don't have to have grown up together to understand each other and have a shared experience of the same systems.

Lived Experience 

Personal knowledge about the world gained through direct, first-hand involvement in everyday events rather than through representations constructed by other people. Someone who uses their first-hand experience of social inequality to create positive change for communities and people who share those experiences (and works with them to do that).

Ally

Someone who helps and supports other people who are part of a group that is treated badly or unfairly, although they are not themselves a member of this group: