Childhood neglect: Liam Evans’ story

By | October 25, 2019

I got in trouble with the police. I stole a PlayStation from my mate,
we nicked everything. I even got a present for my mum. The only thing
I got for Christmas that year was £20 from my nan. The other time
I got into a fight at school because this other lad
was calling my mum names, making fun of us
and saying we were scruffs. My mum told me
to give him a good hiding if he said anything
about our family, so I did. It takes me half an hour to get to
the Youth Offending Team on the bus and I don’t have the money
to get there. They say they’ll give me bus fares
but that’s no good to me because I don’t have any money
in the first place. I go out every night so that
I don’t have to be in the house. Sometimes
I don’t even go home after school because there’s no reason to. I usually get my tea
round a mate’s house or get some chips if I can
blag some or I go without. I usually stay out as long as I can because I don’t get on
with my mum’s boyfriend and he likes a drink,
so I keep out of his way. I used to get into a neighbour’s
shed with a coat over me but they’ve found out
and rang the police. They thought
I was trying to nick stuff. The neighbours all complain about me because I get pissed
a few times in the street but what else is there to do? I can’t go to the youthie any more
because I’m banned from there. I feel awful most of the time. Tired, fed up, freezing cold.
I can’t stop coughing. I can’t go to the doctor’s because
my mum said we don’t have one. We moved house a couple of years ago
and I’m not sure where to go now.

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