Care Experienced History Month takes place in April every year.
How the state supports Care Experienced people is a conversation that has been ongoing for over 4,000 years. Through Care Experienced History Month, we aim to explore this history by telling the stories of Care Experienced people past and present.
International Care Experienced Day of Remembrance
On April 30th 2021, we held the first International Day of Remembrance for Care Experienced people to mark the end of the first-ever Care Experienced History Month.
Since then, we come together on the 30th of April every year to remember all the Care Experienced people who have come before us.
The International Care Experienced Day of Remembrance was created by Care Experienced people across the world who called for the recognition that Care Experienced people have been a part of societies in all corners of the world for as long as can be remembered. They have been present in communities and cultures across the world for centuries. There are many Care Experienced people who have made an impact on societies in all corners of the globe.
However, throughout history, as a result of oppression and systemic mismanagement of their lives, Care Experienced people haven’t always been afforded the opportunity to meet their full potential.
We believe that Care Experienced people, children of the state, no matter how long ago they left us, should be remembered. By coming together online, we honoured their legacy.
This symbol was created by Care Experienced people, to commemorate Care Experienced people throughout global history. The image represents a bridge from the past to present, a bridge to the people, a bridge to the future and bridging the divide in understanding of the history of Care Experienced people.
History Around the World
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Global Reading List
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Written by Emma Norry, a Care Experienced author, she explores the history of her own childhood and how it sparked her love of books. Her new novel, Fablehouse, is based on Holnicote House, a Somerset orphanage for the ‘brown babies’ of white women and Black American GIs in the 1950s. It follows a group of Care Experienced children on a magical adventure.
As part of the Care Experienced History Month blog series, Andrew Kendrick, Emeritus Professor at the University of Strathclyde, explores the history of Corporal Punishmentfor Care Experienced people in Scotland. CW: physical abuse.
Annie Skinner explores the experiences of Care Experienced people in Waifs and Strays Society (WSS) (now The Children’s Society) during the 19th century.
Read the story of how Care Experienced People influenced the Scottish Parliament to change the law in 2014.
As part of Care Experienced History Month we researched history around the world. This is the History of Aotearoa New Zealand.