It is possible to change a life – a story from Safehouses records:

Aimee – never thought of herself as having a problem, not until Social Services became involved in her life. She was used to looking after her young brothers, going to the chip shop every night for £1 worth of chips to feed them all, and not going to school because Mum said she had to stay at home to look after her brothers while she went out.

Aimee knew that she was often hungry and that her Nan got upsets with their Mum and sometimes gave them a bath and a hair wash, in her little flat, but then Nan died. A Social Worker took Aimee to a children’s home, away from her brothers and she rebelled. Then they took her to foster carers in the countryside. There were animals, home cooked dinners, someone to talk to, and space just to be herself. It took some getting used to and she had her ups and downs, but when she grew up she said, ‘My Foster Mum and Dad showed me another way to be.’ She is now a self-reliant adult, in a stable relationship with two sons of her own. She is a frequent visitor to her old foster parent’s home and has a career as a paramedic, is friends with her birth mother and she understands the pressures that she was under, but Aimee knows how she wants her life to be…