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Children in Care Council

Every local authority should have in place a children in care council (CICC), where children and young people in care can share their experiences of the care system, to help their 'corporate parents' get things right and look after them properly.

When a child or young person comes into care their local authority become 'corporate parents', this means they have to make sure that everything a parent would normally do to look after their child still happens.

Children in care rely on people like social workers, child in care nurses and foster carers to look after them and to make sure that they are safe, well cared for, do well in education and are happy. We listen to children in care and use what you tell us to improve your life in care.


Children in Care Council meetings take place about every six weeks and we have meetings across the whole of Derbyshire. Our meetings take place after school between 6pm and 7.30pm. We're also planning some fun days on a Saturday. We need more council members, so if you are a Derbyshire child in care aged from 10 to 18 years old, we'd really like to hear from you.

If meetings aren't for you, we still want to hear from you if you've something to tell us about your experience of being in care.

The 'Big Conversation2' event August 2017

The CICC met with the strategic head of children's services, heads of service, assistant directors, virtual school, social care and elected members back in December 2015 at an event called 'The Big Conversation' to ask them to sign up to the 2017 CICC pledge. The pledge outlined the promises we are going to make to young people in care. The CICC had previously got together and talked about the issues they felt needed resolving around finance, passports, PEP's and social workers, that have an impact on their life in care.

The CICC met with the lead decision makers and set to in exploring each heading and issue and came up with an action plan and a time frame.

The Big Conversation2

The Big Conversation2 went ahead in August 2017. Young people met with decision makers to track the progress of the 'promises' and give the decision makers a chance to explain or be accountable if the issue has not been resolved and give an explanation of why.

Please see the Big Conversation2 evaluation presentation attached to this page.

The event was really successful and young people really felt that the decision makers had listened to their concerns and addressed their issues.

A Big Conversation3 is planned for February 2018. If you have anything to add to the Big Conversation3 please contact us, email:


All meetings take place between 6pm to 7.30pm - snacks and drinks will be available.

  • Monday 12 February 2018 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 13 February 2018 - Derby
  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 - Amber Valley
  • Monday 16 April 2018 - High Peak
  • Tuesday  17 April 2018 - Amber Valley
  • Wednesday 18 April 2018 - Derby
  • Monday 21 May 2018 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 22 May 2018 - Amber Valley
  • Wednesday 23 May 2018 - Derby
  • Monday 16 July 2018 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 17 July 2018 - Amber Valley
  • Wednesday 18 July 2018 - Derby
  • Monday 1 October 2018 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 2 October 2018 - Amber Valley
  • Wednesday 10 October 2018 - Derby
  • Wednesday 28 November 2018 - Derby
  • Monday 3 December 2018 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Amber Valley

For more information please email: or tel: 01629 535787.