Children in Care Council

Bringing together young people in care to improve how you are looked after
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The Children in Care Council (CiCC) is a group of children and young people with experience of being in care. They have dedicated children and young people on board who wish to help improve how children are cared for in Oxfordshire. There are Chairs, Deputies and Ambassadors who drive forward the agenda.

The CiCC helps make sure Oxfordshire County Council lives up to the promises it made to look after children and young people in care, as best as they can. This is called ‘Corporate Parenting’, and there is a Corporate Parenting Panel which works with the Children in Care Council to make sure adults hear what children and young people are saying and do something about it.

The CiCC has 4 main meetings a year with Senior Officers so major issues can be discussed. There is also a proposal to hold sub groups in hubs, children's homes and other settings, to make sure everyone has a voice. CiCC members also participate in a number of events and conferences too to promote their cause.  CiCC members hold bi-monthly sessions for new members, so they don’t feel anxious about coming to main meetings or about being involved.

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Being a member of the CiCC

Any child or young person who is in care or leaving care can join the CiCC. You should be enthusiastic and passionate about helping improve the system for all and try to attend our main meetings, which are informal, relaxed and fun.

We chat about issues which are important to you at the meetings. So we could ask about your education, or if you feel safe but we will never put you on the spot!

Take Action: It’s your chance to speak up about your rights. We promise to listen to you, take you seriously and feedback to you on what has happened as a result.

Being a member is voluntary but you get a Certificate of Involvement, an AQA in 'Engaging in Group Discussion', and a whole lot of new skills and useful experiences that could help with gaining a place at college, university, or an apprenticeship.

You are also offered chances to be involved in many other projects such as interviewing people for jobs or national projects which help children and young people in care.

If you join the CiCC you will

If you join the CiCC you will: have a pre-meeting, so you get to know us and to ask any questions attend a 5 hour meeting, which will include dinner and breaks be fully involved in the meetings, putting your views forward about care services in Oxfordshire and getting results have the chance to speak up about the rights of children and young people in care and those leaving care Meet likeminded children and young people to share ideas and thoughts Improve your CV

How do you get there?

If you're old enough to take a public transport to a CiCC meeting we encourage you to do so. But if it's really difficult for you to do that, or you can't go on your own, we may be able to offer help to get you there. 

Our achievements

Among the achievements of the CiCC so far: we have planned and run celebration events for children in care and leaving care and helped to improve housing, education, health services and support for children in care and leaving care. We have helped to write the Oxfordshire Pledge stating how Oxfordshire County Council will look after their children and young people, and this is monitored by our CiCC Chairs.

How to apply

If you're interested in joining the Children in Care Council please contact:

James Collins on 07803 287813, or email james.collins@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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