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Language for Professionals when talking about Children in Care - Mind your Language

In 2018 Show Me That I Matter (York’s Children in Care Council and Care Leavers Forum ) took part in a national campaign by TACT Fostering and Adoption to challenge the way professionals talk about Children In Care.

Language That Cares was a collaborative effort led by TACT with Children in Care Council from across the UK. The aim of the campaign was to change the language of the care system. In the foreword the CEO of TACT states  “Language is a powerful tool for communication but sometimes the way that it is used in social care creates stigma and barriers for understanding.”

Being involved in this campaign led to further discussions with care experienced young people who explained they were often unhappy about the language used by professionals and wanted to do something to challenge this in York.

They created a series of cards with the words that are encouraging professionals to use.  The cards identify the four words they have chosen and why, these are:

Child or young person in care instead of LAC

Seeing my family instead of contact

Stayover instead of respite

Home instead of placement

The electronic cards are available for any services who work with Children and young people by contacting

The TACT resource is available in full at