Children in Care Councils
What are Children in Care Councils (CICC)?
Children in Care Councils (CICCs) play a vital role in ensuring children and young people with care experience have a say in their care and the issues that matter to them. CICCs bring together passionate and dedicated young people with those who run care services to share their experiences and ideas on how to improve the provision care in their area.
Our work with Children in Care Councils
The Children's Commissioner is committed to being ambitious for every child in care, with the aim of ensuring that their voices are heard, their needs are met and their concerns are addressed.
Over the coming year, we will be helping to boost the support and amplify the voice of Children in Care Councils by arranging regional CICC Meet-Ups across England. CICC Meet-Ups will give children with care experience the chance to exchange ideas, innovate and make a real difference in their local area. The meet-ups are also a chance for Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield to hear directly from children and young people about the issues that matter to them. Meetings are scheduled as follows:
- East of England, Cambridge University, 12 November 2016
- West Midlands, Coventry, 3 December 2016
- South West, venue TBC, 4 February 2017
- Yorkshire and Humber, York, 11 February 2017
- East Midlands, Nottinghamshire, 16 February 2017
- South East, venue TBC, 4 March 2017
- London, City Hall, 18 March 2017
- North West, Preston, 12 July 2016 (meeting up again in 2017)
- North East, North Tyneside, 30 September 2016 (meeting up again in 2017).
We are currently developing a new online hub for sharing information, advice and best practice for both children and young people in care and professionals working in the care system.
In the meantime, you can follow all the CICC Meet-Ups on social media at #CICCMeetup.
You can also sign up to our fortnightly newsletter here.
If you'd like to get in touch with your local Children in Care Council, attend a meet-up, or simply find out more, please contact us.
Help at Hand
Help at Hand is a free, confidential advice line providing advice, assistance and representation services to children and young people who are:
- in care
- leaving care
- living away from home
- working with a social worker or children's services
Our advice line is independent of Government and exists to make sure that vulnerable children and young people know their rights, and that their rights are upheld by those who make decisions about their lives.
You can contact our advice line by calling 0800 528 0731 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We're open from 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday, and we aim to respond within 48 hours.
Our work with children in care
Children and young people in and leaving care have a unique and expert perspective on the care system, which is why they're active participants in our work. Children in care shape and influence the Commissioner's projects and priorities, and we make sure that their views are heard and taken seriously by decision makers. For example:
We recently facilitated a meeting with Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Children and Families and Lord Nash with children and young people with care experience, to explore their views and experiences in relation to the Children and Social Work Bill 2016-17.
The Commissioner and young people with care experience recently attended an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children’s inquiry into children’s social care, chaired by Tim Loughton MP and Baroness Howarth of Breckland. The young people gave evidence at the meeting and spoke to the APPG about their experiences of the care system, how they feel their views have been taken into consideration, and how their voices can be better incorporated into decision making.