News and blogs Young People's Voice Brothers and Sisters Separation and Contact Based in East Ayrshire, Connecting Voices is a participation group of care-experienced young people who frequently get together to discuss barriers, share stories and work towards making positive changes for other care-experienced young people in the locality. Between October 2017 and March 2018, Connecting Voices carried out six interviews with care-experienced young people, and their findings have been published in the report "Brother and Sister Separation and Contact". Key findings from the report include: Five out of six participants described feelings of guilt and shame associated with their experience of sibling separation. Interviews were frequently punctuated with phrases such as "it's my fault" and "have I done something wrong?" illustrative of the heartbreak and raw feelings which continue to negatively impact the participants' adult lives. 83% of participants reported that separation from their siblings has negatively impacted upon the relationships they now have with their brothers and sisters. 50% of participants directly attributed the separation from their brothers and sisters to their spiralling and worsening behaviour or "acting up". 50% of young people said that they had been the carers for their siblings in the family home before being separated and this made the separation particularly difficult. 83% of participants believed that siblings should have daily contact and that where possible siblings should be kept together as a main priority. "We used to need each other, then one day I wasn't there." - Read the report 'Brother and Sister Separation and Contact'