Children in Care
What does being in care mean to you?
Being in care or looked after basically means that you don't live with your family for whatever reason. Everyone is different so they are in care for different reasons. Young peoples experiences of being in care can vary, there are many exciting things and new experiences to have whilst being in care. Whatever type of care you live in; residential, family and friends, respite or foster care, you can always find the opportunity to gain positive outcomes in everything that you do.
If you would like to talk to other young people in a similar situation as yourself then contact the Children's Voice Project either on 01785 253878 or firstname.lastname@example.org| and ask to be involved in the local forums. A forum is where young people can go and have some fun with other children and help to improve services that young people in care receive.
Information & Advice
If you are looking for advice or for someone to help you, you don't have to be alone, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. The NSPCC's advocacy service is their to help you have your say in the decisions that are taken about your care. We will help you sort out problems and we'll make sure your voice is heard.
Is this service for me?
You can have an advocate if you are aged 19 or under and any of the following apply?
You are looked after by a local authority
You recieve respite care
You are an asylum seeker who is looked after by the local authority
An advocate is someone that is there for you, someone who's on your side.
If you are unhappy about the service you are receiving in care then you can make a complaint, by contacting the Customer Feedback and Complaints Team on 01785 278601 & 01785 278617. There is also a FREEPHONE number you can use 0800 0837014 and you can also TEXT 60003 with your complaint. If you prefer you can send the Team an e-mail to email@example.com|
Want to Know More?
If you want to know more information about being in involved in the Children's Voice Project, The Pledge or The Children in Care Council, please contact a member of staff at The Children's Voice Project on 01785 253878 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org|