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Children's guide to being in care

Hi! My name is Amy and I'm a member of the Looked After Children's board which is a group of young people who are in care or after care themselves and who work together to make things better for all young people in care in Sandwell.

We put this guide together to help you and others like you who have just come into care. It will tell you what it's like to be in care, what to expect and how to cope with the good and the bad.

I know you're feeling scared and you feel like you're the only one in the world that this has happened to.

You probably feel really lonely and as if there's no one who understands or who you can talk to. I felt like that, too, and so did everyone on the board when they came into care.

But don't worry, you're not alone, there are lots of people who are in your shoes. There's no reason to be scared. There are people who will help you and who will listen.

We've tried to cover everything in this guide that we thought you would want to know. We hope it helps.