The Children in Care Council (CiCC) is a made up of young people aged 11-17 who are in care and being looked after by West Sussex County Council. The CiCC gives young people the chance to have their voice heard about the services that affect them.
Some of the CiCC’s activities have included:
- working with those who provide their services, such as social care and the Corporate Parenting Panel
- sharing their experiences and giving their views
- helping inspect services for children and young people
- developing other young people’s skills, team building and activity days.
The Care Leavers group is separate to the CiCC and gives opportunities to young people, who receive support from the Leaving Care Service. These young people contribute to service design including the delivery of local and national policies for Care Leavers.
Care leavers also help with training courses and represent Children Looked After (CLA) young people in West Sussex on the National Care Leavers Benchmarking Forum and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children in Care and Care Leavers.
Find out more
You can find out more by reading our blogs or using the links below.Read our Children in Care Council blog (Wordpress) (external link) Read our Care leavers blog (Wordpress) (external link)
- Things that we want from our foster carers (and things to avoid!) (PDF, 3.8MB)
- Leaving care: What next?
- Children in Care Council newsletter (PDF, 744KB)
- Children in Care Council newsletter – Bright Spots edition (PDF, 745KB)
Some of the things we have achieved include:
- helping to re-design The Pledge (the County Council’s promise to young people who are looked after)
- becoming Young Inspectors - looking at a provider’s building and service to see if it was fit for purpose.
If you are interested in getting involved with the CiCC use the contact details below.