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In My Opinion (IMO) – Children’s Commissioner

In My Opinion (IMO) - Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner, promotes and protects the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable, and advocates for their views and interests.


In My Opinion (IMO) 

IMO was created in collaboration with an advisory network of teens with care experience as a place for teenagers in care and care leavers to connect. Here, you can share stories, experiences, achievements, get and give advice and find loads of great resources and opportunities.

This is a place for you, curated by you. If you want to be a creator and contribute to IMO, have a look at our become a creator page. 


Get creative and hear experiences

  • Your projects - We’re championing care experienced young people and projects that have founded or are leading. If you’ve got a project you’d like to share, get in touch.

  • Your Stories - Read stories and experiences from care experienced young people all over the country. Share your story on IMO.

  • Life hacks - Find practical advice and tips, great recipes for using on a budget and life experiences from other young people leaving care.

  • Recipes - Eat well for less with our regular series of quick, delicious and wallet-friendly recipes by campaigner, columnist and award-winning food writer Jack Monroe.

  • Career experienced people - CEP is IMO's spotlight on the careers of people who have experienced care. We’re platforming people with care experience and the brilliant careers they’ve created for themselves, and sharing their career advice to inspire the next generation of care leavers.

  • Turning 25 - When you turn 25 you stop receiving support from your Local Authority. Find peer support, information and advice on how others have managed with family, jobs, mental health, money, university and general support.


Get opportunities, find information, advice and experiences related to education, university, careers, apprenticeships and other opportunities. If you’re in care or a care leaver and you have a story to tell, advice to share, or something that you want to shout about – do it on IMO. You can send us blogs, vlogs, podcasts, articles, art, poems, short stories – the list is endless.


Who is this aimed at?

For all teenagers in care and care leavers



The Help at Hand Helpline is open from Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm



This is an online service.

You can subscribe to the IMO podcast on Google, Apple or Spotify to hear episodes as they’re released.



This support is free 


How to get involved

To become a creator on please complete our form and send by email. To find out more, please Visit the Become a Creator IMO page on the Children's Commissioner website


For further advice and support you can call the Help at Hand helpline, alternatively please Visit the IMO Get Support page on the Children's Commissioner website


If you are a child under 18 living away from home or working with social services, or a care leaver up to age 25 and need advice, please call the Help at Hand helpline.


Contact details



Help at Hand helpline

Phone: 0800 528 0731



For further information

For more information about In My Opinion (IMO) search In My Opinion (IMO) in this directory.


Visit the IMO Facebook page

Visit the IMO page on the Children's Commissioner website


For more information about Children's Commissioner search Children's Commissioner in this directory.


Visit the Children's Commissioner website


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