If you have had to move many times it’s understandable if you feel angry and upset. Everyone needs to feel settled, however old we are. Having to move a lot as a child is very difficult. It takes courage and strength.
When you live in a group setting – a children’s home, boarding or residential school, hospital or prison – any moves you have should be planned. You should know: why and when you are leaving; where you are going; and who you will be living with (for example, how old the other young people are).
Unfortunately, sometimes children and young people have to move in an emergency. This might be because of illness or worries about your own or other people’s safety.
If things haven’t worked out where you are now, please don’t be hard on yourself. There are many different reasons why children and young people have to move. It is never because you are a bad person.
If you need help with your rights around moving, please go to the People and places part of our site.
If you ever have to move in an emergency, the people looking after you should give you as much information as possible. They should try to answer any questions you have. Your parents should be given all the information they need so they can continue visiting you.
The people looking after you should understand that moving in an emergency can be scary and frustrating. They should give you plenty of space to talk about your feelings. They should understand that feeling scared and worried can show itself in children and young people’s behaviour.