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The Children in Care Council (CiCC) exists to provide looked After Children and Care Leavers with the voice they need to be heard. They will strive to achieve positive change and better outcomes for all young people by Working in partnership with West Berkshire Council.

Find out how we're progressing on this blog and how you can be involved.

If you have a comment or enquiry about the CiCC, get in touch using our online form.

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Past CiCC members say what difference being part of it made to them

Written on: 17-2-2016

Three young people who were involved in the Children in Care Council from 2008 - 2012 recently reflected on their experience of being part of the group:

STOCK IMAGE - Group of Figures Listening
STOCK IMAGE - Group of Figures Listening
"It made a big difference in my life as it helped me see things from others point of view and helped me understand a bit more that I could lead a normal life even when I was in care... I also enjoyed putting my point across and getting a good opinion for children in care." (M)
"R:vue [CiCC] made a difference to me because it was a group that you could get your point across regarding life being in care and having social services with you. Also I liked attending the group as everybody was good friends and we were all able to discuss what our social workers were like and how some were doing things different i.e taking the person out and giving us the help and support we needed." (A)
"R.VUE [CiCC] gave me a voice made me realise people will listen." (C)

If you want to be part of the group get in touch with joy.may@westberks.gov.uk or use the comment form at the top of the page.

Successful Open Evenings

Written on: 9-2-2016

It was great to have a variety of people visit us over the 3 evenings last week. We had 11 young people plus those who came to help out from the current CiCC group.  It was great to see a few social workers, a couple of foster carers, service managers, our Head of Service, Mac Heath and portfolio holder for Children's Services and Brilliant West BerkshireYP host
YP host
YP engagement
YP engagement
Those who came along were interested to see what the Children in Care Council have been doing and where they want to go. One social worker said " In the middle of our court work etc it was such a relief to see the positives LAC children are achieving- a really meaningful event, and I was so impressed by the young person who showed me around... [I] wanted to pass on the comments to the team leader about the importance of social workers supporting young people to attend CICC events."

People coming to the event were able to learn about the group's mission, purpose, how we do things from week to week, roles available within the group, training available to the group, the influence the group can have; as well as give their view points on what's working for young people in care and what's not, what they like/dislike about the new blog, especially when compared to other CiCC websites, and whether or not the promises of the 'Pledge' are being met.

Our challenge now is to find a time that those who want to be part of the group can all make!






The happenings at our Children in Care Council Open Evening yesterday

Written on: 2-2-2016

CiCC Open Evening Guess Who

We had a great time at our first CiCC open evening yesterday with service managers and members of the CAAS team coming along to find out what's happening with the CiCC.

It all got a bit competitive over the guess who game with suspicions of cheating at times!!

We're expecting young people to come along this evening as well as some West Berkshire Council staff and hope we might see some foster carers too. If you're free between 5 and 6.30pm and able to pop in for 10 minutes or longer we'd love to see you!



The Pledge

Information about the list of promises made by West Berkshire Council to young people in care and care leavers.

Written on: 1-2-2016

Pledge Poster Image

pdf icon The Pledge [181kb] is a list of promises West Berkshire Council makes to all of its young people in care and care leavers. It was created in 2009 following a big consultation run by the Children in Care Council gathering views of children and young people in care and care leavers on what they wanted from the council. The Pledge was reviewed and adapted in 2015.

The Children in Care Council hopes to review the Pledge on a regular basis as well as find out whether or not the promises are being kept.

If you've read the Pledge and feel it's not being met for you, please get in touch with us: joy.may@westberks.gov.uk


Up-Coming Open Evenings

Information about up-coming Open Evenings: 1st-3rd February

Written on: 25-1-2016

We're running pdf icon Children in Care Council (CICC) Open Evenings [287kb] on Monday 1 February, Tuesday 2 February, and Wednesday 3 February 2016.

They run from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Waterside Centre in Newbury.

If you're a young person in care (in year 7 or above at school/college) or a care leaver this is an event for you! This is about how you can get involved in a great group, meet others in similar situations to yourself, and make a real difference to the lives of all children and young people in care and care leavers in West Berkshire. Even if you're really busy with lots of other things going on in life, if you can make one of these open evenings, you can find out about how you can still get involved without actually turning up to sessions!!

If you're a foster carer or social worker (or other professional working with young people in care), these events will give you a chance to find out what the group is really about, what difference it makes to the young people you're looking after or working with and how you can support young people to be part of the group.

If you're thinking of coming along, you can just pop in at any time between 5pm and 6.30pm.

If you'd like to ring in advance for a chat, get in touch with Joy May at joy.may@westberks.gov.uk or call on 01635 41269.

It would be great to see you!!