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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.

Activities

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 8pm. 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 Conversation' event December 2016 - 'The Pledge' 2017

The CICC met with the strategic head of children's services, heads of service, assistant directors, virtual school, social care and elected members in December 2015 at an event called 'The Big Conversation' to ask them to sign up to the 2017 CICC Pledge. The ledge outlines 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.

A further 'Big Conversation Follow Up' is scheduled for June 2017 when young people will meet 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.

The event was really successful and young people really felt that the decision makers had listened to their concerns and addressed their issues and are looking forward to the next 'Big Conversation'.

Meeting dates

All meetings take place between 6pm to 8pm.

  • Monday 8 May 2017 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 9 May 2017 - Derby
  • Thursday 11 May 2017 - Chesterfield
  • Monday 17 July 2017 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 18 July 2017 - Derby
  • Thursday 20 July 2017 - Chesterfield
  • Monday 18 September 2017 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 19 September 2017 - Derby
  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 - Chesterfield
  • Monday 20 November 2017 - High Peak
  • Tuesday 21 November 2017 - Derby
  • Thursday 23 November 2017 - Chesterfield
  • Wednesday 20 December 2017 (to be confirmed) at Matlock.

For more information please email: childrens.rights@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 535787.