The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care experienced people that gives a voice to the diverse experiences that make up the care population. Each episode we invite someone who’s been in care to talk about anything they like. It’s an opportunity to hear the voices of people who often don’t get the chance to tell their stories, and it’s a chance to inspire and encourage others in similar situations. Join our new host, care leaver Benita, for a series of diverse discussions with care experienced guests.
In the 3rd episode of series 4, Rebekah reflects on her time in care and explains how she has used her (often negative) lived experiences with social workers, back from when she was a child in care, to become the social worker she wished she had for today’s care experienced children and young people. Rebekah also talks to IMO about misconceptions of being in care, her views on whether care experience should be a protected characteristic, and offers some heartfelt advice.
Recognise your strengths… you have adaptability, creativity, resilience as well as insight and wisdom that people far older than you just will never have because they have never had to fend for themselves, so make sure to take hold of your strengths.Rebekah – care experienced social worker