Each had the opportunity to share their own experiences of the Sri Lankan care system.
Kathmandu Alternative Care Conference
The 5th Biennial Conference on Alternative Care for Children in Asia was held over two days in September 2023 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hundreds of representatives attended from across the globe – practitioners, government representatives, academics and most important, young people with lived experience in care.
Brighter Path funded three young care leavers from Sri Lanka, enabling them to attend this important conference. Each had the opportunity to share their own experiences of the Sri Lankan care system and to meet other care experienced young people from other countries. The Bicon is an important event in the Asian care sector. Running since 2014 it has always placed emphasis on hearing and learning first hand from those who have experienced care.
Topics covered included the policy gaps encountered by care leavers: in financial security, housing, education, access to healthcare and in employment.
Brighter Path’s general manager also attended and was able both to share examples of our best practice as well as keeping abreast of developments in the sector.
This week we were delighted to welcome Nadeesha Chathurangani, Commissioner for Probation and Childcare in the Uwa Province. She visited two of our transition homes and the Brighter Path office. …