Language guide challenges care system jargon

"What are peers?", "What are neets?" and "Why do social workers call my home a placement?" are among the questions flagged by young people who helped produce a new publication that challenges jargon used in the care system.

Children and young people in care have told a fostering and adoption charity that such terms used by professionals are too complex or stigmatise them.

The research has informed a glossary called Language That Cares, produced by The Adolescent and Children's Trust (Tact).

Produced alongside workers at 14 local authorities and the children aged from 11 up to older care leavers they support, the glossary suggests alternative words that it hopes all professionals working with children and young people will begin to use.