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The IMO (“in my opinion”) project, backed by the Children’s Commissioner, amplifies the voices of children in care and care leavers. We share stories, experiences and advice directly from young people with care experience in the form of blogs, videos and animations, to change the narrative of the UK care system.

Just over a year ago we launched the IMO podcast, featuring open and honest conversations with care leavers from across the country. Two series’ later, we’ve had the privilege of giving eleven brilliant care-experienced guests the space to tell their stories on their terms.

The IMO podcast wins gold

Today we are sharing a bonus episode of the IMO podcast with listeners because we are celebrating – we have won GOLD at the European Lovie Awards for best interview/talk show podcast.

The Lovie Awards honour the best and brightest of the European internet, and we are thrilled to win this award.
We couldn’t let this moment pass without thanking all of our wonderful guests. The people we interview really are the heart and soul of the IMO podcast, and we’re really grateful to and proud of every single one of them for telling their stories.
A huge thank you to our series one guests Ella, Ryan, Nathanial, Victoria, Rihanna, and Steven, and our series two guests Louise, Charlotte, Max, Brandon, and Zara.
If you are new to the IMO podcast, listen in to this bonus episode for a little snippet of what you can expect, and if you are a regular listener, here’s a tribute to our guests with some IMO moments you might remember.

The stories in each series

In series one we spoke to Ella who talked about the criminalisation of young people in care, Ryan who talked about reading his files, Nathanial and Victoria who told us about sibling contact, Rhianna who spoke about being a child with HIV in England and Steven, who is training to be a social worker.

In series two we hear from Louise about mental health and post graduate support, Charlotte who talks about moving into semi-independence, and Max and Brandon on their life in a children’s home. We also recorded a lockdown special with Zara about her experience of starting university in the midst of a global pandemic.

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