Norfolk In-care Council (NICC) ©2019 Norfolk County Council

What we have been doing

Project Aim or objective
University of East Anglia seminar delivery To encourage students to identify the need for, and develop communication and engagement skills
Auditing For young people to audit their own plans, and develop recommendations on how to improve current formats and practice
Recruitment and selection To provide a child/young person interviewing panel for all posts that work directly with children and young people within the social care arena. To also provide young people’s panels for senior Children’s Services posts
Member engagement To help County Councillors to understand their role as a corporate parent and the issues faced by children and young people in care
consultations To capture the opinions of LAC and care leavers
pledge To redesign the pledge following the recent consultation.
commissioning To ensure that the contracts awarded to external organisations for services affecting Looked After Children (LAC) and care leavers reflect the needs of the cohort they are intended to support.
Young inspectors To ensure new units that are being opened meet the purpose of the young people who will be accommodated there.
Conferences To help people attending conferences that are run for services who support or have responsibility for children and young people to begin to understand what it is like to be a child or young person using their service
Welfare reform To inform other care-leavers on how welfare reform and housing changes may affect them.
Website To provide an online resource that is accessible to all LAC/ care-leavers
Inspirational adult awards To provide an opportunity for all LAC and care leavers to nominate adults they felt had been inspirational to then through the support they have given them.
Leaving care grant reform To ensure that the needs of care-leavers would be met by proposed changes to the leaving care grant
CAMHS To involve children and young people in the ongoing development of the changing CAMHS service
Finance The NICC will self manage their own budget and set their own priorities within that budget in partnership with NCC Children’s services Leadership team
Foster carer training To enable carers to better understand what it feels like to be a child in care and to offer opportunities for carers and prospective carers to ask questions of LAC in a safe and appropriate environment
External fostering providers To support private agencies to set up good quality involvement processes and to link them to NCC involvement opportunities.
Links to senior management To ensure that senior management and NICC members meet and are able to discuss Children’s services Leadership team priorities and NICC priorities
National work To enable the NICC to take part in National events and express their opinions on the national issues that face LAC and care leavers.