Jordan's Story

Jordan was in foster care from the age of four until he hit 16. During those years he had multiple placements – meaning he attended 11 different primary schools and three different secondaries. Jordan came to Barnardo’s at 16 for support leaving care. He was placed in accommodation where the carer offers day-to-day help on the road to independence. Jordan completed joinery and groundwork skills courses, leading to a full time job. His ambition is to work with Historic Scotland.

He said: “If I was living on my own it would have been be a real struggle to learn the skills I need in life. Through Barnardo’s and the scheme, my carer Joanna helped and supported me way beyond what’s expected. She gets up two hours before she needs to, to make sure I’m ready for work, she helped write my CV and look for jobs, she helped me apply for grants, shop for clothes and get ready for interviews and even comes with me.  I was with Joanna for eight months, we got on really well.  I had my own space, but I knew she was there for me if I needed her.”


Barnardo's leaving care services aim to bridge the gap for children in care between leaving care and living in the adult world. We help young people to develop the life skills they will need to look after themselves and we also continue to provide support when they leave secure accommodation.

Find out more about how we empower vulnerable children leaving care

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Emergency numbers

If you think that a child is in immediate danger please dial 999. Alternatively please contact your local authority social care department, or the NSPCC 24 hour child protection helpline listed below.

If you are a child who needs help, please call Childline on 0800 11 11.

Alternatively, please call 0808 800 5000 to discuss your concerns with the NSPCC 24 Hour Child Protection Helpline.

If you are concerned about a Barnardo's member of staff, volunteer or carer please call the relevant national or regional office and speak to a Barnardo's senior manager or children's services representative.