Here's what we've been doing:
We talked about progress made with our priorities
Planned for Youth Con
We made final preparations for the Care4Us Awards
We looked at paperwork for children in care and added suggestions about how to improve them. these will be updated and a new push to make sure that they are sent out to young people
We talked about what we'd like to say tp the Children's Commissioner Dame Rachel Da Souza, when we meet her in April
We Reviewed the Care4Us Awards which everyone really enjoyed
The group spoke about what they would like foster carers to do when they are upset, the action of this is to contribute towards for our worker site on the care4us website
This session was mainly around Covid and the impact it had, the outcome of this session was to talk about the virus the importance on acting within the guide lines.
This session was a fun and short one around a theme for the CIC awards, and the group discussed what they would like at the Build Our Futures Summit on November 28th
The social workers introduction letter was shared and a young person looked over it, the young person said it wasn’t appealing, so design were asked to develop a new and improved leaflet.
A priority for the young people was finding out the process for adoption so Suzanne Whitely from One Adoption was invited, and she spoke about the plans to make the letter box system digital.
Special guest Sarah Johal attended who is head of One Adoption Sarah spoke about the importance of contact with birth family once a child has been adopted
The children and young got to ask questions about how siblings stay in contact once adopted
The outcome of this session was the children and young people felt they knew more about what happens when a sibling gets adopted and how they stay in contact.
This generated a Frequently Asked Questions which is now on Care4Us.co.uk
Special guest Wendy Farnsworth attended who is a graphic designer who does publicity for Wakefield Council
Wendy had produced 3 designs for the CICC achievements awards nomination form and asked the young people to work together to choose a final design.
The young people decided on design 3 and expressed little things they would change, with that said Wendy amended the design to fit the young people’s choices
The outcome of this session was to find a design that was attractive to young people
Discussions about the latest news and updates, updates to things that CICC requested like the coming into care ruck sack was approved
A group check in was done to some of our members and everyone said the next CICC meeting should be outside doing art activities.
We spoke and discussed about how a young person met with Cllr Denise Jeffery and interviewed her as part of the BOF summit.
an outcome of this the young person told the group that Cllr Denise Jeffreys said that when she was young, she didn’t have any ambitions of becoming a councillor.
But still made it to the top.
The young person talks about how this is powerful and explains as everyone has potential to reach the top even if there are barriers in early life.
This session was focused on The Family Fun Day
The young people were played a video about what’s at playworld
CICC decided at the Fun Day they wanted to wear BOF hoodies so all the other young people knew they were part of CICC
We did priorities in this session and the priorities were:
Keeping brothers and sisters together
Having better rules
More activities for CIC