Children and young people in care

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Our application process this year has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Latest news on applying can be read here.

A life-changing opportunity 

Have you ever wanted to explore new ideas in a subject close to your heart? Discover how things are done in other countries and bring that knowledge back home?

A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your horizons and make a difference. It offers a grant for you to spend up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship with us to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

“My Fellowship was the most incredible experience of my life. I have had an incredibly tough life and an opportunity like this seemed so far out of my reach. I learned so much, met incredible people and came back with a desire and the knowledge to make real and meaningful change.” - Callum Lynch (2018 Fellow exploring issues around children in care)

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This award category 

We are seeking applications for projects that aim to improve the lives and outcomes of children and young people with experience of care. This includes children in care, those on the edge of care, adoptees and care-leavers. We also welcome applications that aim to increase support for care-givers and for families affected by care issues.

We welcome applications from anyone who has contact with young people in care. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience of care themselves, as well as foster carers, kinship carers and adopters. We’re also very keen to hear from researchers, educators, social workers and those in the health, charity, justice and education sectors.

This category is in partnership with The Hadley Trust

Why are we running this award category?

The number of children and young people in care has hit an all-time high. In 2018, according to official figures, there were 99,672 children and young people in care in the UK - and this number has been growing year on year. Whilst many care-experienced young people go on to lead happy, successful lives, many others encounter more difficulties than the general population, with rates of homelessness, mental health problems, criminalisation and early deaths being higher amongst people who have been in care.

We are launching this new award category to find best practice in other countries’ care systems. We know that other countries are doing things differently, but there is little UK research into global best practice in this area - and little sharing of ideas. This Fellowship programme will enable passionate individuals to explore international approaches in this field and bring back ideas and solutions for the benefit of the UK care system. We believe it has the potential to contribute significant change and help improve the life and outcomes of children and young people in care.

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Who can apply?

Everyone can apply for a Churchill Fellowship, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. Fellows come from all parts of society, all age groups and all professional fields. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

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Fellows' impact in this field

Social entrepreneur Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang (2018 Fellow) is championing a new model of children’s homes and the first is set to open in late 2020. He was inspired by his Fellowship in Denmark and Germany, where a different approach to care homes is proving a huge success.