News: Nicola Sturgeon announces award for young champion of children in care

Published: 16 Feb 2018

Author: Callum Lynch
News: Nicola Sturgeon announces award for young champion of children in care

Today Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, announced the award of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to Glasgow-based Callum Lynch, 22, who was brought up in care.

Nicola Sturgeon (picture above courtesy of Kenneth Halley) was speaking as part of Who Cares? Scotland's launch event in Glasgow for Care Day 2018, the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience. You can read her full speech here.

Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said:

“We are delighted to award a 2018 Churchill Fellowship to Callum Lynch to research how life for children in care can be improved by learning from systems in Sweden and the USA.

 

“We awarded a Churchill Fellowship to Callum because he is a voice for children in care. Callum has lived experience of being brought up in care from the age of 11. Because of his own life story, Callum can speak from first-hand experience about the needs of children in care and how the care system can be improved.

 

“He will use his Churchill Fellowship to research how children in care in other countries are heard and listened to, and how after leaving care as adults they come to understand and share their care experience. Callum will travel as a Churchill Fellow to visit care organisations and care-experienced people in Stockholm, Los Angeles and San Francisco for seven weeks this summer.

 

“He is already involved with Scotland’s official review of the care system and has built a life dedicated to making the care system better for others. For all these reasons, he can make a unique contribution to improving care for children across Scotland and the UK.”

We will announce more 2018 Fellows on Friday 9 March.