Scott King was taken into care when he was 6 months old along with his older brother Ben who was 3 at the time. Ben and Scott spent their entire youth in care and endured great hardship, however, somehow they prevailed in the face of adversity.

Scott was considered by those caring for him to be a very challenging child, whereas Ben was very quiet. Due to reasons they were not aware of at the time, they both had a lot of moves and were split up partway through their journey. Scott will reflect on how he and Ben understood things as children and compare that to how they understand it all now.

Like many children in care, Ben and Scott’s journeys were complex and very confusing, leaving many voids and additional traumas after care. Scott will take learners through his and Ben’s recovery journey of revisiting the old homes, finding the people from their past and finding the answers they needed to gain closure.

Scott will take learners through every move, every hardship and all the ups and all the downs from his perspective as a child and as an adult looking back. Scott has also worked professionally in this system for many years as well so he is also able to bring in the professional perspective.

By understanding Scott and Ben’s journeys it will give learners a better insight into how a journey though care and trauma can feel and what it is like in their shoes. From this new level of understanding, learners can better understand the children they work for and think differently about the decisions they make.

Course Reviews

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  1. Growing up in care:lived experience

    5

    ★★★★★

    The training couldn’t have been any more beneficial than it has been. I wish this training could be given to all involved with children, especially teachers, in order to give them a better understanding of why children behave as they do.

  2. Growing Up In Care

    5

    ★★★★★

    Thank you so much for giving us permission to see your life in all its dimensions. Thank you for giving a voice to the hidden experiences of children in care who haven’t yet discovered the power of their own voice and the uniqueness of their own story and the hope and future that lies ahead. This course enlightens us and gives us a chance to learn from the past to make brighter and happier tomorrows for the children we are caring for. This course is a real must for the absolute beginner to those who have been working in the field for decades.

  3. Growing up in care : Lived Experience

    5

    ★★★★★

    Fantastic training!
    Highly recommended for all foster carers, to get an insight on how a child feels having foster carers giving up on them.
    It was heartbreaking to listen to Scott and Ben’s experience in foster care which brought tears to my eyes. Every child deserves to be loved and supported. I personally feel this training should be mandatory for all foster carers as part of their induction training, in the hope it stops children being moved from home to home and giving the foster carer a deeper understanding of what damage can be caused.

  4. Hard hitting, raw, honest but inspirational

    5

    ★★★★★

    It feels strange to grade a course content when it is real life but it was really very well presented and coherently put across information that was honest and emotional. As individuals the brothers are inspiring and deserve their successes through life. As we are awaiting our panel date I have taken this course on my own, not signed up through my work or through our agency, and I am so glad I have done so. I hope that we can be foster carers any children that join our family need and deserve. This course has both opened my eyes and confirmed what I thought I knew about the care system and I hope it has a professional impact within the care system that implements changes.

  5. Course content and understanding

    5

    ★★★★★

    This course has exceeded all my expectations. Scott and Ben’s story is so heartbreaking but through this course it has become so informative. Im new to the whole process but doing this course has certainly made me rethink about which direction I want to go in with fostering and how to better handle situations I may come across. I cannot recommend this course enough!! Thank you Scott and Ben for sharing your story and for enabling us to become better carers.

  6. Very insightful course

    5

    ★★★★★

    The course is incredibly detailed and really allows you to see everything through the eyes of a child in care. It has provided me with plenty to consider and will change the way I respond to and take care of children in our care

  7. great course !

    5

    ★★★★★

    Having undertaken this course for section 31, i found it to be a very good course, very in-depth but as I’m not a carer as yet i cannot really relate to it but found it heartbreaking to listen to Scott & Ben’s experience of growing up in the care system & from being constantly moved from pillar to post & not being listened to.

  8. Outstanding Content

    5

    ★★★★★

    I found this course amazing!

    I felt it took me on an emotional journey and made me self reflect on what i do and say and the importance of my role.
    I love the fact that there was a professional insight aswell as Scott and Bens Insight.

    I would highly recommend this course to anyone working in the care setting and to anyone who is a prospective foster carer. This has made me want to be the best i can be and be the person that makes a difference in these childrens lives.

  9. A must for foster carers

    5

    ★★★★★

    This course will benefit anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer or who is working with children.
    It is very easy to follow and has been put together in such a good way. You will get a honest view of what it was like for Ben and Scott and how the system impacts on them throughout their time in care and after into adulthood.
    You will be able to take onboard what they have been through and use this to inform your practice.

    Through this course I have also had support from Scott, he has gone out his way to provide me with advice. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and has been through which in turn is helping people like me.

  10. 5

    ★★★★★

    This course should be taken by anyone involved in Children’s care, we all need a greater understanding of how our actions and decisions affect Children..
    Scott and Ben are inspirational, so many failings in their care and yet they haven’t only survived they have thrived, and are looking for ways to try to ensure others do not have to go through what they went through…

  11. An honest, thought provoking course

    5

    ★★★★★

    While travelling through the story of Scott and Ben’s life I felt constantly in awe of how these two brothers have survived and flourished into the men they are today. The bond between them and the love they have for each other has been severely tested but they remain strong and support each other. The experiences they have lived through are delivered in a calm and professional manner but are sometimes difficult to listen to or read about. The choices of music help to draw you into the subject and reflect their feelings at the time.
    It is heartbreaking to realise these two little boys were failed so badly by the system and by people who should have protected them. However, it is also a reflection of their strength of will and their resilience that they are where they are today. The relationships which were important to them in the past, and they have been able to rediscover in recent years have demonstrated that people can make a difference in childrens lives if they are prepared to love and care for them.
    This is a course which everyone who works with children should take. It will make you question and challenge the system and will make you analyse your own practices but this is imperative to protect the child and ensure this type of thing doesn’t keep happening.
    It also gives you hope that with love and support our vulnerable children can achieve and have the stable future they deserve.

  12. Growing up in Care - Lived Experience

    5

    ★★★★★

    An excellent and powerful course which really highlights the complex journey of a child through the care system and how decisions made by professionals, foster carers and educators can have a profound affect on an individuals life. It gives us a unique insight into the world of traumatised children from their perspective.

    A ‘must have’ course for all foster carers, social workers, educators and decision makers.

  13. A no nonsense account

    4

    ★★★★

    What refreshing content !

    A no nonsense, hard hitting account of “what it is like to be “ . Made me reflect on my practice but equally made me realise what I am doing right and what a difference certain reactions can have to situations.

    This is essential. Should be mandatory.

    Positive, negative , good and bad, every current and pre approved foster carer should see this !

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