A documentary featuring Coventry’s incredible looked after children has been nominated for a Bafta.
‘Superkids – Breaking Away from Care’, broadcast on Channel 4 last November, was an emotional and powerful piece of television aimed at giving the young people a unique platform for their voices to be heard.
It featured a group of our looked after children who worked with award-winning writer and performer Lemn Sissay MBE in a series of workshops exploring their feelings about being in care and writing poems to express them. It culminated in a performance of their work at the Belgrade Theatre.
Viewers were moved to tears and heaped praise on the young people for sharing their stories.
Superkids has been nominated for the prestigious Bafta TV award in the Specialist Factual category.
Director of Children’s Services John Gregg said: “This nomination is fantastic news and is a testament to the bravery, skill and determination of all of our looked after young people.
“We thought long and hard about whether we should take part in this documentary. We wanted to make sure the voice of the child would be heard loud and clear – however uncomfortable the message may be – and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone who helped make it happen.”
The project began when Expectation Factual approached the Council with an innovative idea for children to be given the tools to creatively talk about their care.
Colin Barr, Creative Director for Expectation, said: “We’re delighted and thrilled that Bafta has recognised the amazing young people in the care of Coventry in this way and it feels like a real testament to the dedication and skill of those who care for them and work with them. The poetry they produced with Lemn was unforgettable and we are incredibly grateful to John Gregg and his team for making it happen.”
Read more about Superkids from those who were part of it.
The Bafta TV awards ceremony takes place on May 12.