The council is asking young people for their views on the short breaks service to help see what can be done to improve it in future.
Short breaks are for children with special educational needs and disabilities, giving them the opportunity to develop friendship groups and grow their independence.
The survey will help find out how current services support young people’s independence and look at options to help you more in the future.
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The Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) need your help to create a new logo for them. There are only two things that the logo MUST include which is:
The Government is doing an investigation into what fostering is like for children and young people all across England, called the ‘Fostering Stocktake’. They are talking to lots of different people, but the Become charity for children in care and young care leavers wants to make sure the government hears your views – because you are the people who experience foster care.
Are you a child looked after aged between 15-17?
If so, there could be at least £200 in a special account (Junior ISA) waiting for your 18th birthday!
The Share Foundation works as part of a national scheme to open a bank account with £200 for all young people who’ve been continuously ‘looked after’ for at least one year and do not have a Child Trust Fund.
You can find out more at the Share Foundation website.
Here’s what you can do on the site:
We had a record number of 84 nominations for the Listen to Me Awards this year - thanks to everyone who nominated!
The awards celebrate the adults in Wirral who support our children looked after and care leavers. They're organised by the team at Moreton Family Centre, who ask young people to nominate the person/s they would like to nominate and why. Both the nominee and the young person are then invited to the ceremony, and the nominees are presented with a certificate from the Director of Children’s Services at Wirral Council.
In December 2016, a short survey was sent out to all Children Looked After in Wirral, asking them what they thought should be a priority for the Children and Young People’s Department in 2017.
Results were collated and the top three priorities identified were:
- Social Workers
- Finance / Money
Other responses given were:
For a trial period, children looked after nurses will be at the Pathway Hub @ Response every other Wednesday afternoon. To find out more, please email email@example.com
Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) Joe Gormley answers your questions about what happens before, during and after a Safeguarding Conference.
Meet Lucy from our Care Leavers' Council
I was in the Children in Care Council originally, about two years ago, but life just got really busy and I couldn’t attend for a while. My friend who I’d gone to the meetings with always encouraged me to come back, so I joined the Care Leavers’ Council towards the end of last year.
You have the opportunity to attend a FREE performance of the play 'On One Condition,' along with a free two-hour workshop to debate the issues.
On One Condition explores the issue of exploitation of young people. It does this through a number of different stories showing examples of how young people can be tricked and taken advantage of by adults.
We'd like you to have a say in what you would like Wirral’s Children and Young People’s Department to prioritise in 2017.
We've created a really quick survey and would be grateful if you'd answer three questions. There's also the opportunity to add any other comments you wish to make.
Thank-you and Merry Christmas to all of you! Thanks for all of your feedback on the website this year :)
Have a great holiday and we'll see you in 2017!
We wanted to let you know that we have a new section on the site!
It's called 'Advocacy,' and you can find it on the bottom left of the homepage (with a yellow loudspeaker symbol). The section also covers Independent Visitors.
In the section you will find:
Would you like to keep all of your health information in one place?
We’re developing an idea for a Health Passport for young people aged 16 to 18, allowing them to keep a record of their personal and family health history in a small booklet.
The booklet is passport sized, and looks like a passport too! Which is why it’s called the Health Passport :)
The event is growing every year, with nearly 300 people attending the event this time around. Two hundred of them were young people aged 0-18, plus parents, carers and staff.
In January 2017, the Children in Care and Care Leavers Councils will meet with the Chief Executive of Wirral Council. During their meeting, they will discuss issues that affect children looked after and care leavers.
Want to have your say? If you have a question or any feedback about the service you receive, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pass your message on to the group and will send you a response after the meeting.
The Prince's Trust Young Researchers are running a questionnaire to identify the issues care leavers face and what support they need.
Our Care Leavers' Council member Katie is a Young Researcher with The Prince's Trust, and has shared her views with them as part of the project. You can read her thoughts on its website, and find out why she wanted to be involved to help care leavers across the UK.
This year’s Children in Care and Care Leavers’ Conference was a big success, and we wanted to share it with you!
Organised by the Children in Care and Care Leavers’ Councils plus the Inclusion team, over 70 professionals and young people attended the event at Wallasey Town Hall. There was cake, workshops, film and music, as the group got together to talk about how to offer the best service to children looked after and care leavers.
The Care leavers Association and Three Circles Fostering is looking to do some work to better support the needs of LGBT+ children looked after and care leavers.
They have created a survey to find out what matters to LGBT+ children looked after and care leavers. The results of the survey will be used to make recommendations and better support their needs. If you identify as LGBT+ and would like to take part, please click the link below.
Help at Hand is a national advice line for children looked after, care leavers, and those living away from home or working with children’s services.
Help at Hand is accessible via phone, email and through the Children’s Commissioner website. It seeks to support all children to receive the best possible care and services.
Help at Hand provides:
What is Ofsted?
Ofsted are a team of inspectors who look at how children and young people are helped, protected and looked after in the area they live.
Ofsted recently visited Wirral and this is what they had to say:
We recently told you about Get Real, the free 18-week course to support care leavers into employment. It's the only of its kind in the UK, and it's coming back to Wirral on September 30th!
It’s National Care Leavers’ Week between 24th and 28th October 2016. To celebrate the achievements of our care leavers, we’ll be running a host of different activities every afternoon of that week.
- hair and nails, hand massage
- bowling and laser quest
- pool tournament and games afternoon
- going out for a meal
The week will end with the director and senior managers meeting with care leavers on Friday 28th October, 5pm-6pm. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Children in Care Council conference is coming back for 2016!
Completely organised and led by young people, the event is designed to help build working relationships between young people and Children's Services staff. It's also an opportunity for children looked after and care leavers to meet friends old and new, and to make their voices heard.
The event will include cake, workshops, quizzes, prizes, and much more!
Wednesday 26th October 2016 - 9.30am to 12pm
Wallasey Town Hall