Youngster shadows MP in Westminster to mark Care Leavers’ Week

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A teenager who grew up in care has spent a day in Westminster shadowing the children and families minister.

19-year-old Jack from Milton Keynes shadowed Edward Timpson MP at the Department for Education as part of Care Leavers’ Week, a national week-long celebration to mark the achievements and successes of young people leaving care.

Throughout the day he put his questions to the minister as well as hearing first-hand about the work the government is doing to support this group of young people.

Jack said: “I really enjoyed shadowing Edward Timpson for the day. I had a fascinating day, attending meetings with the minister and even going to Prime Minister’s Questions. I really appreciate the minister taking time out of his busy day to meet me. I think it’s great of him and he didn’t need to.

“It’s important that MPs and ministers hear about the experiences and thoughts of young people leaving care – things they haven’t necessarily experienced for themselves. Today has been a great experience and I hope my views and opinions go on to make a real difference for all care leavers.”

Mr Timpson, who grew up with around 90 fostered brothers and sisters, said: “Every young person leaving care has different needs and ambitions, but I want to make sure that each and every one of them has the same opportunities and chances as their friends.

“It was a pleasure to spend the day with Jack and more importantly to be able to listen to his experiences and get his opinion on how we do just that.”