Former foster girl Sophie in film aimed at changing attitudes
A nail technician from Radstock is showing how a childhood in care does not mean people cannot aim high and be successful.
Sophie Bradley went into voluntary care at the age of 12, but now a confident 20-year-old, she is determined to be a positive statistic and is helping care workers in the district change attitudes.
Miss Bradley, who spent time in 15 foster placements, is one of three young people chosen to be part of the In Care, In School campaign in a short four-minute film of her experiences.
Developed by Bath Spa University and Bath and North East Somerset Council, the campaign aims to help pupils and teachers across the country better understand the needs of children in care.
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Miss Bradley now works for Jill Blane at the Rhubarb cafe and nail bar in Bath.
She said: "When I was young I was quite difficult. A lot of people in care don't want to succeed. It's quite a high statistic of people who don't achieve anything.
"Jill's given me a chance to succeed in life. When someone believes in you, it helps you do well.
"When I was growing up in Bath in care the people I was surrounded by were quite negative but now I've been in my home a year, and with my partner two years, and now I have this job I feel focused and positive and I'm surrounding myself with positive people."
Miss Bradley is also giving something back by volunteering as a youth worker one night a week in Paulton.
She said: "I want people to know not everyone in care fails, I don't want to be a bad statistic.
"Because I was so naughty when I was younger I think if someone had given me a bit of attention and believed in me when I was finding it hard, I would have been all right."
In Care, In School was launched at an event at the House of Lords in October hosted by Baroness Walmsley, as part of National Care Leavers' Week.