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Case Study The Pan London Compact for Care Leavers
The London Care Leavers Compact is a framework for a consistent and high-quality offer across the capital for care leavers. The project is sponsored by the London Innovation and Improvement Alliance (LIIA), Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS), London Councils, the London Children in Care Council (CiCC), Partnership for Young London, the business sector, health and the GLA.
There are a range of ways in which young people have taken part in this work, these include:
Pan London CiCC Meetings – where all boroughs have young people’s representation and we have hosted large scale meetings with ALDCS.
The CiCC Advisory Board – a smaller working group of young people with lived experience who work across a range of projects.
Governance Group – representation on the pan London Governance group and young people also have been co-chairing the working groups.
Data and Insight – we have done research with wider groups of young people i.e. a focus group on mentoring, housing and employment as well as young people presenting this data and insight to key leads such as the Health Transformation Board for London.
Creative methods – we have used podcasts and poetry to gather views, profile the work and influence change:
Spoken Word Poems to showcase the diverse needs of young people click here
Sancia’s Podcast ‘Less Corporate More Parenting’ a video on what needs to change for care leavers click here
What worked and the impact of the work
Having young people leading on the CiCC as paid development officers, hosting events, chairing meetings, and doing outreach to their peers
Having clear remits on the work in terms of what we are all trying to achieve and also making sure this work across ‘systems’ i.e. health, transport, housing.
Cross-sector collaboration, having health, housing, businesses and others engaged and keen to make change happen as well as sharing resources.
Strategic leadership and buy in from senior policy makers so that the structures are in place to make change happen.
The Pan London Compact for Care Leavers
The London Care Leavers Compact is a framework for a consistent and high-quality offer across the capital for care leavers. The project is sponsored by the London Innovation and Improvement Alliance (LIIA), and the DFE with the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS). Through this project we have been working with London Councils, the London Children in Care Council (CiCC), Partnership for Young London, the business sector, health and the GLA to drive up outcomes for care experienced young people.
Authoring Our Own Stories
Authoring Our Own Stories is a youth recovery project examining how young people’s identities impact on their access to services. We are working with Youth Focus North West, Youth Focus South West and the Regional Youth Work Unit in Yorkshire and Humber and the University of Huddersfield. Over the course of 5 years, we will deliver arts-based workshops with young people and youth work professionals to explore how we reshape services locally, regionally, and nationally to improve the offer in place to young people and break the cycle of inequality. The outcomes of their work will provide a rich body of material based on their lived experiences around identity. This will be used to develop resources, training programmes and youth led events, delivered to the youth sector, to upskill the workforce.
Young People’s Engagement and Health
We are working with health partners through the Transformation Partners Programme for London, and this has included the following: co-produced resources with Good Thinking and the Digital Ambassadors on young people’s emotional well-being, young people’s engagement in the Listening Project for young people from minoritised communities, care experienced young people’s engagement with health services and also resources on mental health. Young people have taken part in workshops and planning sessions on rights in health care, presented at workforce development sessions and hosted panels on areas such as asthma.
Peer Research Advisory Board
We are hosting a peer advisory board where young people have been recruited to work with us and wider partners to support participatory research. As such the board have been hosting meetings with diverse stakeholders on to design and review policy solutions, developing a survey for young Londoners, assessing other research case studies that can be used and reviewing how organisations can measure the impact of peer research both on policy and researchers. The group will also take the lead on new research projects, helping to design and facilitate the research, widen links with new stakeholders and host events on youth voice and impact.
The Young Londoners Research Programme
Funded by the GLA, we developed and delivered a peer research programme with 9 youth groups from across London to investigate how youth services can support the needs and ambitions of young Londoners. The youth groups were all trained in participatory research aiming to design a programme linked to the key research areas they wanted to focus on, this included the needs of neuro diverse young people, support for young people attending SEMH schools, support for care leavers and the mental health offer for youth clubs. Young people worked alongside health, funders, regional policy makers to assess how the data and insight they gathered would impact on policy and practice.
We have been working with Clarion Futures, The Hyde Group and MTVH to develop participatory action research, with 6 young Londoners recruited to review how youth leadership can be developed across Housing Strategy and Policy. This group have designed and facilitated interviews with key strategic leads across the Housing Sector including CEOs, Regeneration Leads and Customer Voice Leads to assess where young people’s views, insight and leadership can inform strategy and policy.
I will use it in my daily project work I have to create a Theory of Change one of new projects next week so I will definitely put my learning into practice
‘I can’t thank the team at ‘Partnership for Young London’ enough for their work. The results from our young resident’s survey have been key to informing our service planning, and importantly improved our ability to influence our partners as well. The fact that all aspects of the work were led by children and young people means this is powerful and impactful piece of work!’
"OveralI I feel extremely happy about being involved in the project because it gave me the courage to fight for my rights as a Black person and to know that it isn’t just me challenging stereotypes but others that care about these issues as much as I do. It was really good to be involved with the project because it shows me that I have the power to change things which I think are not right, and fight…"