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A word from our children in care

Finding your voice

Merton's children's services works hard to support the participation of children in care and care leavers to ensure that they are involved in the decision making processes related to the services which they receive.

As part of this, Merton’s Looked After Children (LAC) and Care Leavers continue to be represented by the Children in Care Council (CiCC), a formal group consisting of young people who are regularly consulted on how to improve the services and support that LAC and Care Leavers receive. Members are given the opportunity to complete a course accredited by Asdan as part of their involvement in the work of the CiCC.

Over the past months the CiCC has 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 monthly. If you, or a child or young person that you work with is interested in attending and getting their voice heard please contact Stuart Barker, Participation Manager, Merton Children's Social Care on 020 8545 4242 or email: stuart.barker@merton.gov.uk.

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The next edition will be published in September 2017