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Care Day, February 18th!

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Care Day is a global celebration (and the world’s largest celebration) of the successes and achievements of children and young people with experience of care. It takes place on Friday 18 February this year and it will be the 7th annual Care Day!

We want a world where children and young people who have overcome adversities are proud of themselves, their achievements and look forward to a future of opportunity, equality and equity.

Care Day is a moment for children, young people, and adults to unite in celebrating the rights and resilience of care experienced children and young people, their stories, and their achievements.

For #CareDay22, the celebration is getting even bigger as this year’s theme is: It takes a village to raise a child” 

It takes a village to raise a child”  

The theme was decided by children and young people. They want to celebrate all the people who are and have been a positive influence in their lives and to highlight how important these relationships are in shaping their care journeys. 

We all know people who’ve had an important impact on our outlook and sense of self-worth. They can be relatives, youth workers, teachers, coaches, neighbours, or advocates – all of whom hail from our community or “village”. We might not even realise the positive impact we have on others. Simple acts of listening, encouraging, or understanding can have profound, direct, and lifelong effects. 

This year we are asking you to realise your potential to be that person in a child or young person’s village – to be(come) a #CareAware Ally.

For #CareDay22, children and young people with care experience are asking you to stand with them. There are a few different ways you can do this to show your support on the day: 

  • Share a photo of yourself (or just your hands if you are camera shy) on social media with #CareDay22 and/or #CareAware written on the palm of your hands.
  • Share a video selfie to wish children in care, those with care experience, and EPIC a very happy care day, or any other messages of solidarity and celebration you may have. 
  • Change your social media profile picture to our #CareAware graphic for the week to show you’re standing with children and young people all over the world who have care experience.

When you are posting your messages of solidarity on your social channels – please use the hashtags #CareDay22 and #CareAware – so we can keep track of all the day’s activities and actions on our #CareDay22 Social Wall. Alternatively, you can send them to, and they will share them on our channels on the day. 

So please pop this info and the date in your diary today: Care Day 2022, Friday 18 February. We are really looking forward to you joining the celebration, as remember“It takes a village”. 

Note: If you work with or know children or young people in care or with care experience, you can check out our other plans for #CarerDay22 here: There is have lots of activities and competitions for all ages!