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Children in care council

The children in care council (CICC) is a place where children and young people in care can share their experiences of the care system, to help their 'corporate parents' get things right and look after them properly.


When a child or young person comes into our care, we become 'corporate parents'. This means we must make sure we do everything a parent would normally do to look after their child.

Children in care rely on people like social workers, child in care nurses and foster carers to look after them and to make sure that they are safe, well cared for, do well in education and are happy. We listen to children in care and use what you tell us to improve your life in care.

Activities

Children in care council meetings take place every other month on the last Thursday of each month and are held virtually using Microsoft Teams. Every child in care is invited to become a member of the children in care council. So, if you're a Derbyshire child in care aged from 10 to 17 years old, we'd like to hear from you.

If meetings aren't for you, we still want to hear from you if you've something to tell us about your experience of being in care.

Meetings

Meetings take place from 5pm using Microsoft Teams and we have an activity session every other meeting. The next meeting dates are:

  • 30 June 2022 on Teams from 5:30pm
  • 1 October 2022 - activity session face to face 10am to 2pm - North East and Bolsover areas
  • 24 November 2022 on Teams from 5pm

For face-to-face meetings, transport is provided from a central pickup point.

Minutes of previous meetings are available by emailing childrens.rights@derbyshire.gov.uk

The Big Conversation

'The Big Conversation' began in 2015 when the CICC met with the strategic head of children's services, heads of service, assistant directors, virtual school, social care and elected members to ask them to sign up to the CICC pledge.

The pledge outlined the promises we are going to make to young people in care. The CICC had previously got together and talked about the issues they felt needed resolving around finance, passports, PEPs and social workers, that have an impact on their lives in care.

Young people met with decision makers to track the progress of the 'promises' and give the decision makers a chance to explain or be accountable if the issue has not been resolved and give an explanation of why.

The event was successful and young people felt that the decision makers had listened to their concerns and addressed their issues.

The Big Conversation 9

This event was fully facilitated by our fantastic young people on the 30 April 2022 at County Hall in Matlock. The young people designed the event and from the beginning really wanted to have it face-to-face, while also making sure that there weren’t too many adults so that they didn’t feel overwhelmed.

Nine young people attended the event alongside the following council officers:

  • Carol Cammiss (Executive Director of Children's Services)
  • James Hollingsworth
  • Patsy Burrows
  • Paula Williams
  • Robert Pearson
  • Smruti Mehta
  • Rachel Sammels-Moore

The young people were supported by the participation team.

Carol Cammiss (Executive Director of Children's Services) was introduced to everyone and welcomed to her first Big Conversation with Derbyshire.

Young people received an update from lead officers on the action plan and were able to ask questions. Anyone who would like a brief summary of the questions and responses given, please email childrens.rights@derbyshire.gov.uk.

Everyone was thanked for their part in the evening and for being so engaged in the activities and exercises. 9 out of 9 young people reported in the evaluation that they had felt listened to.

If you have anything to add to either the next Take Over Day in November 2022 or to the Big Conversation 10 on 10 April 2023 or have any questions, please email childrens.rights@derbyshire.gov.uk