Many children who were in care , especially the articulate ones , are encouraged, directly or indirectly back into it, to become social workers or lobbyists. Can they improve the system for future young people in care?
Let’s look at this practice in more detail. The people who lobby local government for better services are the adults who were in care themselves. Though not exclusively. They set up management committees with sub committees, they have constitutions and trustees, they apply for funding, they employ workers, they run offices and campaigns for change using the language of the institution in which they were trained as children in care.
They’re in the matrix. And from the outset they’re coerced into mirroring and working with the same structures that denied them services in their childhood. The lobbyists find themselves viewing their successes by the limits of the system that failed them ergo they maintain the status quo. And this is the fundamental problem.
Should children in care be actively discouraged from working in the care system to redress a recruiting bias? Should they be made aware they can do more for the child in care by being doctors lawyers painters and plumbers, and if we can’t see how that might work do we lack the imagination the child in care deserves? The care system is not a recruitment agency for the social services. Presently and surreptitiously it is.