Jamie's Story*

Jamie's parents were addicted to alcohol and heroin and were unable to take care of him and his siblings.  By the time he turned 16 he had already been caring for his three younger brothers for many years.  Eventually social services intervened and took his three brothers into care, but due to his age he remained at the family home.

Jamie soon got into trouble, he had no money to support himself and he had barely attended school over the last few years as he had been caring for his brothers.  With no money, qualifications or support, Jamie began committing petty crimes and hanging around with the wrong people.  Jamie's crimes began to get more serious and he ended up being sent to prison. 

Depaul UK started working with Jamie when he was at Rochester Young Offenders Institute.  Jamie was desperate to get back in touch with his brothers and the Depaul UK support worker helped him to find them and arranged for two of his brothers to come and visit him.  Depaul UK helped find Jamie somewhere permanent and secure to go on his release from prison, where he could start again and begin to get his life back on track.  They helped Jamie see what his options were and how he could return to college. On his release Jamie moved into supported housing and now visits his brothers regularly.  One day he hopes to join the army, but for now he intends to go to college and study a catering course.

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*All images used are of young people Depaul UK has worked with.  The young people pictured are not the subject of the case study stories

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