The Ballerina

Ida’s emotional ballet performance was inspired by stories, like Sam’s, from children leaving care. Children may be taken into care for a number of reasons; they may have been abused or neglected, or their families may be struggling to cope. Whatever the reason, these children are highly vulnerable.

Their problems are made worse by the number of moves that many of them are forced to make during their time in care, which can also seriously disrupt their education. Not surprisingly, many of them do less well at school than their peers. This has a lasting effect on their adult lives; care leavers are more likely than children who have not been in care to be unemployed, get in to trouble with the law and they often have trouble forming stable relationships.


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 help 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.