Case study: Girl's group that helps young people in Care

by maxineg on Tue, 2011-03-15 15:24
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We represent a girls’ group called “We care you share group”.   We are all aged between 13 years old and 18 years old.    The group is based at the Family Centre. Currently there are 10 YP in the group who are all receiving a service from Social care.  Five of us are looked after children, two young people are currently on the Child Protection Plan and three young people are Children In Need.  

Over the last year we have engaged in many activities and group events.   We have completed days with other young people at the ‘It’s My Life’ outdoor activity centre in Danbury. We have also organised and help run an Art/drama activity day for the Family Centre for service users in August 2010.

We have all achieved National Open College Network qualifications in Drugs Awareness, Outdoor Activities and Alcohol Awareness.  Some of us attained the Essex Youth Award in 2010. Many professionals have come to the group and made us aware of everyday things such as the dangers of drink driving, sexual awareness and about the service given by the Fire Brigade.

Within our group we recognised the importance of us as young people having a voice and speaking out about our own experiences in social care to help others. We were involved in the ‘child in care council’ discussions designing the leaflets and some of us attended a child in care council workshop, from this we decided to drive some changes in the system especially regarding young peoples experiences of being in leaving after care, the need for foster carers to have training on dealing and understanding teenage issues of young people in care and to be listened to about their views what they want from their social workers. The group have invited a Councillor and the Head of Permanency and Leaving and After Care to come to the group to answer some of our questions about the above issues.

 We have also been actively involved in helping the family centre to make changes in making it more focused on us as young people and welcoming to other families. We were involved in designing canvases /pictures/posters for the centre, information on children’s rights and having a voice.
 

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