We are lived experience leaders, innovators and problem solvers

Vision

We want to see a world in which young people leave services in a better place than when they entered them, because they have positive experiences which enable them to build better futures.

Mission

To achieve our vision, we work with lived experience to create innovative projects that engage, inspire and develop young people and adults, provide training that builds new insights and support services to offer opportunities that transform young people’s lives.

​Purpose

We know from professional and lived experience the opportunities and challenges of engaging adults and young people in change, particularly in the face of the unprecedented pressures of Covid.

We know from our own experience of working with leaders committed to change the power of connecting strategy and lived experience, unlocking creative energy and working flexibly online and face to face.

Ten years’ experience across multiple organisations and projects has shown us the value of an external voice, a new perspective and close partnership working in enabling change. That is why we work with you in the way we do to support your organisation’s developmental ambitions.

We are leaders with lived experience with both personal and professional expertise in children’s services

We have 10 years’ experience of working with children’s services. We have worked with local authorities from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding’, developing projects with and for 1000s of young people, staff and leaders in the UK, Europe and USA.

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To sum up

We combine lived and professional experience with our digital capabilities to work with you and develop services that meet the needs of your staff and young people.

Team

Karylle Phillips

Karylle brings a wealth of frontline and academic experience. Her previous work in Children’s Rights and Advocacy led her to a social work degree and her passion for improving the educational outcomes for care experienced young people and the CPD of practitioners. Karylle is currently completing a Masters in Child Care Law & Practice and is undertaking research into the role of statutory services in the prevention of youth violence and the protection of young people most at risk.

Luke Rodgers

Luke is an award-winning social entrepreneur, recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He has 10 years experience co-designing projects that enhance the experience of children in and leaving care. As a facilitator Luke has worked with the Department for Education, The Fostering Network and in 2020 was invited to be a Fellow at the Saïd Business School, Skoll Centre for Social Enterprise, at the University of Oxford.

HOW WE WORK

By meaningfully engaging with people we create better services for children.

We are leaders with extensive lived and professional experience. We work closely with you from your project’s inception to completion, whether this is a single piece of training, a keynote or a longer-term transformation project.

We recognise the issues that affect young people are complex and challenging, so our first priority is to understand your and their experiences, perspectives and ambitions.

Opening up challenging issues is hard: we add value as creative, experienced partners, who can ask new questions and enable new insights.

Like you, we know that young people’s voices really matter but that it may be hard to directly engage with them from within an organisation.

Youth participation and consultation can be transformational. We make a space in which young people’s views can remind us of our core purpose, inform change and energise teams.

Our commitment is to work with you to build understanding, create opportunities and improve outcomes by ensuring young people leave services in a better place than when they entered them.

Karylle Phillips - Director of Education and Training

Karylle Phillips BRIEF Biography:

Karylle brings a wealth of frontline and academic experience. Having previously worked in Children’s Rights and Advocacy this led her to a Social Work degree and her passion for, improving the educational outcomes for care experienced young people and the CPD of practitioners. Karylle is currently completing a Masters in Child Care Law & Practice and is undertaking research into the role of statutory services in the prevention of youth violence and the protection of young people most at risk.

Karylle Phillips FULL Biography:

Karylle Phillips is a Higher Education Advisor for a Further Education provider in the West Midlands. Raising aspirations and inspiring progression in education with young people, has been an area of interest for her for several years.

Karylle currently works with care leavers in education to create youth participation and engagement programmes that educate and empower care experienced young people about their rights and entitlements whilst in education. Karylle also delivers powerful training to teaching staff about the experiences of looked after children.

Karylle’ s early career began with her local Children’s Rights and Advocacy service; it was here Karylle begun her Social Work degree and her passion for; supporting fostering services, improving the educational outcomes for care experienced children and young people and the CPD of practitioners, really grew. She later went on to complete a Post Graduate Certified in Education after teaching BA and Ma social work students for several years. During her teaching years she successfully incorporated the voice of care experienced children and young people into the degree curriculum and promoted children’s rights and authentic participation.

Karylle is currently completing a Masters in Child Care Law & Practice and is undertaking research into the role of statutory services in the prevention of youth violence and the protection of young people most at risk.

As the Director of Education and Training at The Care leaders, Karylle brings a wealth of frontline and academic experience. Karylle began her journey with Foster Focus in the organisations early working career and continues to support the aims and objectives through The Care Leaders.

Luke Rodgers - Director of Strategy

Luke Rodgers BRIEF Biography:

Luke is an award-winning social entrepreneur, recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List .He has 8 years of experience co-designing projects that enhance the experience of children in and leaving care. As a facilitator Luke is has worked with the Department for Education, The Fostering Network and in 2020 was invited to be a Fellow at the Saïd Business School, Skoll Centre for Social Enterprise at the University of Oxford.

Luke Rodgers FULL Biography:

Title: Luke Rodgers, Director of Strategy at The Care Leaders.

As a lived experience leader, Luke has a passion for and expertise in creating projects that benefit the lives of care experienced people, ensuring their experience is at the heart of all projects and training facilitated by The Care Leaders.

By understanding and giving a voice to lived experience, we gain the knowledge to develop our services to best serve young people. This is a translation process, where stories are turned into strategies, ensuring children’s social care is developed from the lives of the people who have experienced it.

As founder of The Care Leaders, Luke has led work in the USA, Europe and nationally in the UK, working with leading organisations in the children’s sector including The Fostering Network, University of Oxford’s Rees Centre, a wide range of Local Authorities, Fostering Agencies and The Department for Education.

Luke has won recognition for his work that includes ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence’ in 2015 from the National Diversity Awards, the ’Young Social Entrepreneur Award’ in 2014 from Unltd and ‘Children’s Achievement Award’ in 2013 from Children and Young People Now.

Luke’s commitment to improving outcomes for young people and families was recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2020 he was invited to be a Fellow at the Saïd Business School, Skoll Centre for Social Enterprise at the University of Oxford.

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