What we have been doing
Jan - May 2011
Consultation documents for statutory reviews. - we designed a new document after listening to what you said needed changing. That new document will be used from September. We are now talking to managers about the way the consultation documents will be used. We are doing this because you told us there were some problems, like not getting a consultation document, invitations not being sent or the wrong people being invited.
Regional and National work - Some Council members have attended regional meetings where they have met up with other young people from other In Care Councils in the East of England. These meetings are held by Roger Morgan, the Director of Children's Rights for England and the information talked about there goes to the Government as well as back here to Norfolk. Several members have visited meetings in London where In Care Councils from all over the UK meet to make sure the Government understands what is happening for children and Young people in care.
Accomodation-working with Housing and have been holding training on the "getting your own place" course this has involved helping young people to understand all that you need to think about when planning to live independently and your rights and the law around tenancies.
Training - we have been delivering training at the UEA on all of the social work degree courses and the post qualification course for social workers. We have also delivered workshops on the Sound foundation in good practice courses for residential and unqualified social work staff.
Conferences- we have delivered speeches or workshops at conferences both in Norfolk and in Leicester and London.
We continue to meet regularly with the Director of Children's services, Lisa Christensen, Alison Thomas, the lead member for Children's Services and Tom Garrod, the deputy lead for Children's Services.
What's coming up next
We have been asked to work with the Assistant Director for Children's Services and form a working group looking at the amount we pay young people leaving care for the setting up home grant.
We are working on a short film encouraging young people in care to set goals for their future and show how important the pathway plan is in making sure you have the best chance to reach those goals. The film is looking great and is going to include CGI so it should be well worth seeing.