Samantha Morton and Annie Mac join forces to support young care leavers

Stars including Samantha Morton, Annie Mac and Deborah Frances-White have joined forces to support young care leavers.

The celebs have been sharing throwback photos of themselves as teens to highlight the difficulties that kids in care face when leaving at age 18.

The campaign calls on the UK government to ‘End The Care Cliff’, which each year sees thousands of 18-year-olds forced to leave the care system overnight, with some ending up homeless.

Radio 1 DJ Annie shared a snap of herself at age 18 getting ready for a school dance, and wrote in the caption: ‘Here is a picture of me aged 18, with my camouflage dress and hair twists before my debs dance at the end of school.

‘There are my parents, Rosie and Dave, not seeming to show any embarrassment at my distinctly different aesthetic from the other attendees. 

‘It’s National Care Leavers week. A week to zoom in on the 10,000 young people who have been brought up in care, and are now, on turning 18, moved suddenly and expected to live independently, losing their home and much of their support network. Everything can change, terrifyingly quick.

‘During the Covid-19 crisis, the Government stepped in to protect young people from this upheaval, with a pledge to ensure no one has to leave care during this period which was a lifeline to many youngsters.

‘@BecomeCharity, the national charity for children in care and care leavers, is calling on the Government to provide clarity on how long this pledge will last, and better yet, to permanently remove the “care-cliff“. It can be lonely enough being in care, let alone being cast out of it as a vulnerable teenager trying to find your place in the world.

‘The Become Charity are doing such a good job for young people in care – please spread the word about the #carecliff#NCLW2020 campaign!’

Actress Samantha Morton has had personal experience of leaving care, explaining: ‘Leaving care for me was one of the most exciting yet frightening times of my life.

‘Sadly, there wasn’t the support available to me that would have helped me deal with the isolation, the fear and the worry that occurs when you are left out in the big wide world to fend for yourself.

‘That’s why, for National Care Leavers’ Week, I’m supporting @Become1992 campaign to end the #carecliff where for care-leavers, turning 18 often triggers a move out of home, into unfamiliar accommodation with little support.’

Other stars supporting the campaign include former professional footballer John Fashanu, Olympic medallists Fatima Whitbread and Jamie Baulch, and comedian Deborah Frances-White

Find out more information about Become or how to get involved. Alternatively, head to @becomecharity on Instagram and Facebook or visit @Become1992 on Twitter.

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