Jamie had become involved with London’s gang culture. He lived there and was dealing drugs, although he did not use them himself, and he was severely wounded in a knife attack one evening.
During his subsequent hospital stay, Jamie made the decision to distance himself from his current lifestyle. After 9 days in hospital, he was discharged into the care of Liz and Steve, National Fostering Group foster carers who live in Kent.
Liz and Steve worked with Jamie to rebuild his confidence, which empowered him to return to college and his Youth Apprenticeship. They accompanied him to hospital appointments and helped him to maintain contact with his family.
In addition, they also transported Jamie to court appearances, and it was beneficial for the court to see that he presented himself well and was supported by his foster carers.
Jamie is now very positive about his future. He has secured paid work with a youth centre where he had previously been volunteering, has given talks to youth groups around London, and is looking to apply to universities.
When Jamie was attacked, he had considered giving up on his education but with the support and encouragement of his foster carers he was able to continue. He now lives independently, though he still has regular contact with Liz and Steve, visiting them or calling for advice.
“This young man has been a pleasure to work with,” said Liz. “He has real confidence, commitment and drive, and we look forward to his achievements in the future.”
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