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A word from our children in care

Finding your voiceThe Children in Care Council (CiCC) gives young people a chance to have a say about the things that really matter in their lives. And, members will be completing a course accredited by Asdan as part of their involvement in the work of the CiCC.

Over the past months we have reviewed the Pledge to Children in Care, met with Councillors (including the Lead Member for Children’s Services Katy Neep) and Senior Managers to discuss the views of Children in Care and Care Leavers and how to improve services.

Areas the CiCC have reviewed include: housing, budgeting, ‘Staying Put’ in foster care, LAC reviews, Independent Reviewing Officer service, health, emotional well being and support when you leave care, and the children in care and care leaver survey.

For young people who may be attending for the first time, it is an opportunity to have their voice heard and have their say about the decisions that are made on their behalf.

The CiCC is not all about meetings, in June members enjoyed a meal at Wagamama in Wimbledon which gave us a chance to get to know each other as a group as well as celebrate our achievements this year.

The Children in Care Council meets month. If you a child or young person that you work with is interested in attending and getting their voice heard please contact Stuart on stuart.barker@merton.gov.uk.

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The next edition will be published in September 2017