London Children In Care Council
The London CiCC is sponsored by ALDCS (Association for London Directors of Children’s Services) with the following key aims:
• To improve the care experience for looked-after children & young people and care leavers across London;
• To improve opportunities to identify common themes and issues across London;
• To enable opportunities to influence policy and services affecting looked after children & young people and care leavers in London;
• To improve young people’s skills and confidence through participation.
Programme of work
Activities – The following activities are proposals and guidelines to future developments based on existing work and suggestions from the young people we work with, as well as recent developments.
1. Outreach to CICCs – We want to sustain wider engagement and ensure that projects reflect what a diverse group of young people across boroughs want. Contact will be made across boroughs to create a wider framework of influence, like, through our Pan London CiCC Newsletter. After the COVID-19 pandemic is over, we aim to make visits across boroughs too.
2. Regional events – With the aim of influencing policy to benefit care experienced young people, we will meet with CiCC representatives four times a year to work on identified areas, supported by a youth advisory board. Our latest pan London meeting was in partnership with the EY Foundation, focusing on higher education and mental health. We will continue to host and attend events aimed at bettering the experience of children in care.
3. Research – Youth led research will be used to highlight the views and experiences of young people, while participants learn transferable skills. Themes for research and projects will be identified with the young people, like the success stories project, headed by a member of the advisory board.
4. Training and development – The CiCC meetings and outreach will allow us to present development and training opportunities, as identified by young people. We will partner with organisations like Speakers Trust and Media trust who will provide public speaking and media training. Young people asked for Mental Health first aid training and we will be partnering with the NHS to do this after the lock-down.
5. Regional Influence – in line with the key areas of priority identified with the young people we will establish a number of links where young people can help shape regional priorities i.e. Healthy London Partnership, London Funders and also the Youth-Led Hustings for the Mayoral Elections.
• Increased engagement across London of young people in care and care leavers in regional decision making
• Increased skills and confidence of young people in care and care leavers in influencing regional priorities
• Increased collaboration across London around the addressing needs of young people in care and care leavers
• Youth-led research creating a higher profile of key issues being faced by young people in care and care leavers
• 4 regional CICC meetings with over 150 young people
• 6 youth advisory board meetings with up to 30 young people
• 4 training sessions for the Pan London CICC members with 80 young people
• 1 youth-led research project facilitated with 50 young people
• 3 roundtable meetings with policy leads
care experienced data from Mapping Young London report
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