Kelly’s Story: TACT and Coronation Street
If you have been watching Coronation Street recently, you may have been following the storyline of Kelly Neelan (Millie Gibson), a fostered young person in the care of Imran Habeeb (Charlie De Melo) and Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor). Falling into the wrong crowd, Kelly was remanded for a crime she didn’t actually commit, and was sent to a Young Offenders Institute. On leaving, Kelly had to move into unregulated accommodation as there was no foster family for her.
Whilst being a fictional storyline, elements of it will be all too familiar for many teenagers who enter the care system. In order to portray a realistic and sensitive depiction of fostering, ITV sought help from TACT’s CEO, Andy Elvin: