Joining Up Joining In- Leicestershire County Council agrees to make care experience a protected characteristic!

The Leicestershire Cares’ Joining Up Joining In (JUJI) project, funded by the Blagrave Trust, is celebrating the County Council’s decision to treat “Care Experience” as a protected characteristic, after their lead member for children and young people met with our peer researchers about this issue. Councillor Taylor brought a motion to the full County Council meeting on Wednesday 21st February. She gave a passionate speech in introducing it and this was followed by other speeches of support from council members across the chamber and then a unanimous vote in favour. The county council has become the 81st local authority in the country to recognise care experience as a protected characteristic.

This is a fantastic achievement for our young people and an excellent example of our Power to Change model working in practice. Our JUJI peer researchers developed skills and knowledge (their “Power Within”) on the debate around making care experience a protected characteristic by gathering insights from local care experienced young people and professionals on this issue. They produced a report calling for all three local authorities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to treat care experience as a protected characteristic. Read more.

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