I had a fascinating meeting last week with Action for Children. I know the charity for its great work with looked-after children, which is what we predominantly talked about, but their remit is huge: to support and campaign for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people ‘for as long as it takes to make a difference to their lives’. I was very impressed to hear about the help they provide for young carers, as just one example.
We talked about training in relation to looked-after children, particularly for their independent visitors, volunteers who befriend children and young people in care. The idea is for a course exploring ways to make learning and cultural experiences accessible, relevant and enjoyable for the young people they spend time with. It may be that we open up the training to people working in the cultural sector too. I really hope we can get this off the ground. It’s a very exciting notion.