Artifacts are lived experience practitioners who have taken a creative approach to exploring and examining their time growing up in care. They are artists, poets, presenters, trainers and consultants who have a passion for harnessing the power of their lived experience and creativity to support the personal and professional development of others.

As children and young people who were in the UK care system, and as adults who have worked in, with and alongside this system, Yusuf and Saira-Jayne grew to recognise the value they could bring to present day and future practice in sharing their insights and the knowledge and perspectives they have developed through their lived experience.


They also acknowledge the value in supporting and enabling individuals of all ages, who are care experienced or have experienced significant adversity, to explore, discover, unlock, develop and celebrate their own creativity; that they are not defined by their experiences and can be anything they strive to become.

Artifacts work is delivered in a number of ways, through guest speaking presentations, consultancy, art based exhibitions, poetry/verse led discussions and through bespoke creative workshops and training packages; individually tailored to meet your needs.


Artifacts work with children, young people and adults and the professionals and significant adults who may be supporting them. Their training and presentations cover a range of themes, which reflects the complexity and diversity of their lived experience, the adversity they have faced, challenges they have overcome and the perspectives, knowledge, understanding and insight’s they have developed along the way.


Saira & Yusuf

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