The Children in Care Council (CiCC) is a group of children and young people with experience of being in care. They help improve how children are cared for in Oxfordshire. There are Chairs, Deputies and Ambassadors who drive forward the agenda.
The CiCC, which sits in the Virtual School, 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 four main meetings a year with Senior Officers so major issues can be discussed. There are also many ways in which we try to hear the voices of those in care, including: Mind Of My Own app, surveys and events. CiCC members also participate in a number of events and conferences to promote their cause.
Take action: CiCC members hold bi-monthly sessions for new members, so they don’t feel anxious about coming to main meetings or about being involved.
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 care 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! 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 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.
Take action: If you want to join the CiCC then you should contact James Collins on 07803 287813 or email@example.com
About the meetings
Our meetings are informal and fun. We let you know before the meeting the venue, times and what to bring on the day. If you cant use public transport safely, or get a lift, we may be able to arrange transport for you. We also have nice food, and you will get a reward for your participation. This is your opportunity to make a real difference!
If you have any questions about the meetings, please contact James Collins on 07803 287813 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Among the achievements of the CiCC so far, we have:
- Planned and run celebration events for children in care and leaving care
- Helped to improve housing, education, health services and support for children in care and leaving care
- We've run a survey for children in care, which has told us what issues we need to resolve.
- Created this Good Communication Guidance for Professionals who work with Children and Young People in Care and those Leaving Care
Our CiCC Chairs monitor how Oxfordshire County Council is performing against the survey action plan.
How to apply
Any child or young person who is in care or leaving care can join the CiCC, and help make a real difference for Children in Care in Oxfordshire. If you're interested in joining the Children in Care Council please contact:
James Collins on 07803 287813, or email email@example.com