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What we did in 2013!

We have had another fantastic year at Wakefield CICC; taking part in the Regional residential in Lake Windermere to focus on taking more action within our CICC's was certainly a highlight!

 

We have created new documents, pledges, contact cards, booklets and many other products to help children and young people understand what they are entitled to while they are looked after.

 We have seen our CICC go from strength to strength with 16 committed members, who have brought about changes to policy in terms of 'Respite Care' which we now call - Break Away. They have also contributed too improving our 'Involving Children and Young People in Recruitment' Policy.

 
A piece of work close to our hearts was the completion of the  'Guide to Life Story Work'Which will hopefully help professionals and carers working with looked after children understand the huge importance of this work, and will give them a place to start as it offers great tips, advice and practical steps for undertaking this work?

 

We have also completed our new laminate social worker contact cards, so young people know how to contact their social worker for advise and support when they need it, and it includes a very special poem which is a compilation of important messages to social workers from our looked after children and young people.

We continued to run and expand the CICC Junior sessions delivering a total of 8 events in the school holidays for children aged 4-11 years, where we had fun at the Castles found out all about what children think of their reviews, their social workers, their placements and their care plan. This helped us to write the Guide to Foster Care For children in this age group.

 

We have enjoyed lots of trips, ensuring our members get the opportunity to form a strong group, based on trust and team work, we engaged in the 'Open Space' event in London and attended the regional CICC's in Leeds. We have also enjoyed time out at Alton Towers and The Deep.

 

And after all of this, don't forget that our CICC continues to generate its own budget through commissioning out our training and expertise to other Authorities and organisations that want to learn more from our young trainers about effective participation.

 

Have you got an issue about the care system that you think could be improved? Do you want to help make positive changes for looked after children, if so then join your Children in Care Council!

 

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Why a Children in Care Council?
Children in care councils (known as CICC's) are an important opportunity for children and young people in care & care leavers to have their say about the care system and discuss any issues. The government asked that all Local Authorities set up CICC's, they all run quite differently, but the central idea is that they are run by young people that have experienced life in care. By sharing their experiences they can help social workers, managers and other professionals deliver services and make sure the lives of looked after children improve. The CICC helps to challenge negative perceptions of looked after children and champion's children's rights. Read more about Wakefield CICC


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