It’s not every day children in care come face-to-face with the decision-makers at South Gloucestershire Council.
But that is exactly what happened when members of the Children in Care Council (CiCC) got to meet Director for Children, Adults & Health Peter Murphy & Head of Integrated Children’s Services Sonya Miller.
The six children and young people, ranging in age from 12 to 25, put them on the spot with a question and answer session.
The young people made it clear how important the CiCC was to them. They wanted to know the future of the council was secure as it plays such an important part in their lives.
They also suggested that the CiCC’s achievements should be promoted more to ensure foster carers encourage young people to attend.
Peter and Sonya were invited along to a Children in Care Council meeting to talk about their job responsibilities and their priorities for the future.
The Children in Care Council members also had their say about the Celebration of Achievement Awards, requesting to shake Peter’s hand on stage rather than the entertainer’s.
They also asked the council bosses if a ‘buddy’ programme could be created for children and young people in care, and care leavers.
CiCC members also requested more structure with the training flats, improvements to the Us in Care website and further information on how to access an advocate.
The Children in Care Council has now split into two age groups and new members are always welcome. Members age 10 to 14 meet from 5pm to 6.30pm and those 14+ meet from 6pm to 8pm. Both groups meet once a month at the Armadillo youth café in Yate.
Email Blanche Duffy on Blanche.Duffy@southglos.gov.uk for more information about the Children in Care Council.