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Children in Care Council

We aim to help children and young people in care to have a better experience by:

  • Being the voice of all children in care
  • Making sure that the corporate parents and other professionals in Middlesbrough Council keep to the Middlesbrough Pledge
  • Finding out what actions and improvements the corporate parents and other professionals in Middlesbrough Council are taking to help maintain and improve the lives of children in care
  • Seeing our work turn into action
  • Ensuring that we as a group have trust, commitment, and choice

The Children in Care Council has members aged between 11 - 21 years old who all come from different backgrounds and places, but have a shared interest in helping others and making a difference. We're group of nine young people who have been meeting since October 2010. We're all committed and believe in what we are doing.

We've all had similar experiences of being in care, whether it's with foster families or in a children's home. We've all had good and bad experiences, and would like to make the bad ones into good ones for everyone.

The Children in Care Council is a place where children and young people in care and living independently can have their say on issues that matter to them, and make sure that their issues are heard by the people who make decisions.

We meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss important issues around children in care. We want to make changes to the lives of children in care, to help them to have happy experiences, by:

  • listening to children's opinions and reporting them back
  • trying to solve the main problems
  • involving other professionals to help us make these improvements
  • enjoying ourselves
  • keeping to the promise of the Middlesbrough Pledge
  • The CICC has undertaken an extensive training programme, involving team work, communication, negotiation and presentation skills, as well as research techniques
  • We started by researching and prioritising important issues around children in care and care leavers
  • From our research we developed a 'diamond nine' which highlighted the most important issues for young people
  • We've been developing our logo and information, and are currently making a video to tell young people all about us
  • We've attended regional and national meetings to discuss and share information about ideas and best practice with other CICCs
  • We've been involved in the development of a young persons' health passport
  • We've consulted with care leavers in a recent participation event
  • We've been working with the foster service to ensure when young people come into care they have young people-friendly information leaflets

We've thought about this a lot and created a CICC communication plan that has two parts. The first is how we're going to talk to children in care, and the second is how we're going to talk to and work with professionals.

How we will talk to children in care:

  • Devise questionnaires and find out the views of children and young people in care, and take them to corporate parents who can make a difference

How we will talk to adults:

  • Talk to and meet with the corporate parenting board throughout the year
  • Meet up with a range of key people such as IROs, foster carers and social workers

We want:

  • You to be able to understand why we are trying to help children and young people in care
  • You to be able to understand that the work we do is important and is worthwhile
  • To get feedback and information from you that will help us to help children and young people in care
  • To be able to build on relationships with trust and honesty
  • Children and Young People to know about the Children in Care Council from their IROs when they have a review

We want:

  • You to be able to understand why we are trying to help children and young people
  • You to be able to understand that the work we do is important and is worthwhile
  • To get feedback and information from you that will help us to help children and young people in care
  • To be able to build on relationships with trust and honesty
  • You to be more pro-active and support a young person coming to the CICC
  • You to encourage young people to share their views with us

We want:

  • You to be able to understand why we are trying to help children and young people
  • You to be able to understand that the work we do is important and is worthwhile
  • To get feedback and information from you that will help us to help children and young people in care
  • To be able to build on relationships with trust and honesty
  • You to be able to advertise and promote the work of the CICC as a voice for children in care
  • You to encourage young people to share their views with us

We want:

  • You to understand what CICC is trying to achieve
  • You to meet regularly with us
  • You to listen to our concerns
  • You to accept you may be challenged by us
  • To be able to build a good working relationship with trust and honesty
  • You to make a difference
  • You to take action and feed back to us
  • You to improve the lives of children in care and care leavers

Phone: 01642 354100

Email: hellocicc@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Or ask your social worker/carer.