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Season 4, Episode 2: Care experienced – should it be the tenth protected characteristic?

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In the Catch22Minutes podcast, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We speak to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.

With the recent release of our manifesto: 22 ways to build resilience and aspiration in people and communities, our fourth season focuses on some of our key policy asks. It is presented by Catch22’s Head of Policy and Campaigns, Stella Tsantekidou.

In this episode of Catch22Minutes, we’ll be discussing the campaign to make care experience a protected characteristic under the Equalities Act 2010.

Many care experienced people face discrimination, stigma, and prejudice in their day-to-day lives. Public perceptions of care experience centre on the idea that children are irredeemably damaged and that can lead to discrimination and assumptions being made. We want to see the next Government commit to supporting care experienced young people through bold national policies, so they are given the best chance to succeed in life.

Joining Stella to discuss is Terry Galloway, Trustee of NYAS and Become, co-founder of Care Leaver Offer, and campaigner for equal opportunities for people who are in or have experience of care, and Hannah McCowen, manager of the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum.

Our panellists

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Terry Galloway

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Hannah McCowen
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