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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 6 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 Conversation

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 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.

The Big Conversation3

The participation team facilitated this event in February 2018 enabling corporate parents, decision makers, strategic leads and elected member Coucnillor Alex Dale to meet with young people in care. The event explored issues raised by young people who attend the 'Our Voice' (the new name for the Children in Care Council) which included:

  • keeping pets in residential homes
  • keys to front doors
  • clarity on policies around hair colour dyeing and piercing

Mary Wilton gave the group an update of the pledge so far, presenting them with 'You Said, We Did' information for autumn / winter 2017 and outlined the new 'You Said, We Did' information for spring / summer 2018. The young people then sat with the decision makers and Councillor Dale to identify issues and come up with ways of the solving problems.

Jane Parfrement gave a closing speech at the end of the event and thanked the young people for their participation, thoughts and ideas on how life for young people in care could be improved, and how as strategic managers, this information was vital to uphold the pledge and make sure, as corporate parents, they are listening to the collective voices and support can be given to everyone in care to be the best they can be.

The next Big Conversation4 will be scheduled for September or October 2018. If you have anything to add to the Big Conversation4 please contact us, email: childrens.rights@derbyshire.gov.uk

Meetings

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

  • 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: childrens.rights@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 535787.