Children’s care charity appoints new policy and communications chief

Become, which supports children in care and care leavers, has announced the appointment of Clare Bracey as director of policy, campaigns and communications.

She was most recently director of campaigns and youth engagement at The Children’s Society and has also spent 17 years at Amnesty International UK in campaigning and activism roles.

A focus of her work will be to work with young people to improve the children’s care system. This includes campaigning around a government commissioned independent review of children’s social care that is currently taking place.

“With the opportunity for systemic change offered by the independent review of children’s social care, joining Become in this role, at this time, and empowering and supporting care experienced children and young people to advocate for the changes they want to see is an incredible privilege,” said Bracey.

“I share Become’s genuine commitment to listen to care experienced children and young people and ensure their voices are heard and their rights are upheld. I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with young people and their allies to make a positive difference.”

Become chief executive Katherine Sacks-Jones added: “I’m delighted to welcome Clare to the Become team as we continue with our bold five-year strategy, challenging structural inequalities around the care experience and amplifying the voices of young people to influence positive change.”

In December 2021 a group of academics created a map to show the most influential children’s care and education campaigners. This includes several charities such as teacher training charity Teach First and the Youth Endowment Fund.

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