St Helens youngster Jamie scoops BBC Young Reporters of the Year award
A teenager in the care of St Helens Borough Council was announced as one of the BBC’s Young Reporters of the Year live on The One Show this week.
Jamie Callaghan, 17, from St Helens was one of a handful of young people aged 11-18 to win the competition – which looks for original story ideas about the lives of entrants and issues that matter to them – judged by some of the biggest names from the BBC including Huw Edwards, Louis Theroux, Laura Kuenssberg and The One Show’s Alex Jones.
Jamie, who has been in the care of the local authority since he was eight years of age, came up trumps in the 16-18 ‘Uplifting’ category for his piece, ‘Growing up in foster care and the positive impact it can have.’
Speaking of his pride on winning the competition, which saw more than 2,500 young people submit an original and interesting story idea, Jamie said: “I made a report about growing up in foster care and the positive impact this may have had on others, like me.
“I’ve been in care since I was eight years old. I can report that growing up in care has had a positive impact on my life and my behaviour. I would hopefully like to break any stigma of growing up in foster care by sharing my story.
“I was excited to be invited to a zoom call meeting with several judges and professionals from the BBC - this was the moment I was told that I had won the competition out of 2,500 applicants in the Uplifting category.
“My story will be filmed and broadcast in due course. I hope you will all tune in and enjoy."
Congratulating Jamie on his magnificent achievement, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Nova Charlton, said: “For Jamie to shine a light on growing up in care in a news report is incredibly inspiring and he absolutely deserves this national recognition.
“As a council, it is one of our key priorities to ensure all children and young people have a positive start in life, so to hear Jamie’s positive experience of growing up in care somewhat breaks the taboo of the care system and is also a testament to the fantastic team we have in place here in the borough.”