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Sharon Martin

About Me

I have worked for approximately 30 years in local roles in Adult and Children’s Services. I am a social worker by profession. I have been the elected chair of the National IRO Managers Partnership (NIROMP) since 2016.

Why “Our Care Our Say” is important to me

Scotland’s Independent Care Review has been praised for its “unprecedented” scope; placing children and care-experienced adults at the heart of a “radical overhaul” of the country’s children’s social care system.

I firmly believe that the voice of people with care experience must be central to England’s first Independent Care Review. Only through listening to the voices of experience can policy makers truly begin to understand the impact of the care system and what is needed.

As care experienced friends and non-care experienced allies, we have many differences; we may not share the same ideas or agree on everything, we have our different histories and personal truths, but I believe we share a common truth about where we want to be. We want to move in the same direction: towards a better, more just, more caring system with its door ajar, and a room full of difference, and with folded chairs ready to seat enough people at the table.

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Our Care Our Say

If you are a care experience person of any age you can give your views on what the forthcoming Care Review in England should cover and how it should be run complete the “Our Care Our Say“ survey: HERE

The Care Experienced Conference website has a searchable directory of support services and helpful information for care experienced people of all ages created by and for the community. You can access the website via the following website: HERE

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