"It's our history; it's our right, reclaiming our past"
Darren Coyne The Care Leavers' Association
Introduction by Tom Harrison
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Darren Coyne's experience of the care system is primarily as a service user, growing up with many failed placements in a number of children’s homes, foster parents, assessment centres and his mother’s home, all by the age of 12. He was eventually moved out of the County and taken to York where he was admitted to a Community Home with Education (CHE). He left care at almost 16 years old, having taken it upon himself to go AWOL; and then spent long periods living homeless, jobless and lost. Having come out of care with no education or other qualifications, he graduated from the University of Leeds in 2001 with a BA in Sociology, followed by a Masters in Social Research in 2003, during which he taught first year Social Policy & Sociology. He moved from academia into youth rights work, opting to work within a framework which develops inclusive approaches to inter-community relations using human rights and social justice models.
Darren is currently employed by the Care Leavers’ Association as a networker; in which much of the work is concerned with geographically discrete detached community engagement specific to care leavers, asking questions in a policy context on current discourses in relation to the care experience(s) of post care adults.