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Thu, 25 May 2017

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:

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

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.

Tue, 14 Mar 2017

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:

  1. Fostering
  2. Social Workers
  3. Finance / Money

Other responses given were:

Thu, 2 Mar 2017

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 chrispentecost@wirral.gov.uk

Tue, 28 Feb 2017

Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) Joe Gormley answers your questions about what happens before, during and after a Safeguarding Conference. 

 

 

Thu, 12 Jan 2017

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.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

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.

Wed, 21 Dec 2016

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.

Complete the survey

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!

 

Wed, 21 Dec 2016

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:

Tue, 13 Dec 2016

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 :)

Thu, 1 Dec 2016

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.

Thu, 1 Dec 2016

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 lac@wirral.gov.uk. We’ll pass your message on to the group and will send you a response after the meeting.

Thu, 3 Nov 2016

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.

Thu, 3 Nov 2016

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.

Mon, 17 Oct 2016

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.

Thu, 6 Oct 2016

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:

Tue, 4 Oct 2016

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.

Find out more about Ofsted

Ofsted recently visited Wirral and this is what they had to say:

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

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!

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

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.

Activities include:

  • 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.

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

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!

Conference details:

Wednesday 26th October 2016 - 9.30am to 12pm

Wallasey Town Hall
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH44 8ED

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

The Children in Care Council joined the Care Leavers’ Council for fun in Blackpool last weekend!

There was no stopping the group once they got to the Pleasure Beach. While most of the group loved the rollercoasters, going on The Big One (eek), Revolution, Infusion and Ice Blast, the younger ones braved rides such as the Nickelodeon Streak. There was a trip to McDonalds and everyone ate donuts before a few of the young people got drenched on Valhalla, which made for an uncomfortable journey back – we might need to take a change of clothes next time!

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

We had a busy morning today visiting the launch of the new Pathway Hub @ Response in Birkenhead. There was lots of cake, and of course we learned all about the new service too!

Thu, 25 Aug 2016

Hi everyone,

I am writing to tell you about an groundbreaking new service for young people in Wirral who are looked after or who have been looked after, and are aged 16 years and above.

We are calling the service the Pathway Hub @ Response. It doesn’t replace your own worker, but every week day, Monday – Friday 1pm to 4pm, you can drop-in at Response 19 Argyle St, Birkenhead CH41 1AD if you need any advice or support  from a Personal Advisor or Social Worker.

Please see the leaflet below which shows you where it is.

Regards,

Thu, 18 Aug 2016

If you're a care leaver going off to uni soon, there's lots of support available to you - including financial advice, help settling into higher education, and accommodation while you're there.

UCAS has put together a great video to help you find out more

Thu, 11 Aug 2016

Kim Fenna is the new Youth Engagement Worker for the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board. Her role is to ensure that the voices of young people are heard and relayed back to the Board, and she would like young people to get involved as much as possible. Kim is also working on Child Protection Conferences to ensure they are child-friendly and well attended by young people.

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