Promises to children and young people in care
On behalf of South Gloucestershire Council and partner agencies, the Corporate Parenting Steering Group, with the Teen Care Council, have made a set of promises to children and young people in care on your behalf.
The Promises document expectations of staff and services for children in care and care leavers and underpin the strategic planning for corporate parenting.
The Pledge has been distributed widely in booklet form amongst staff and professionals. Children and young people in care have their own age appropriate versions, so they are able to know their rights and help monitor our performance.
The following resources are available:
- Booklet information for staff and carers
- Information for children and young people is in the form of 3 different paper activity items, a “chatterbox”, a “T-shirt”, and a “bookmark”
- The Teen Care Council sent the above out with a letter to all children in care
- For information for children and young people about The Promises, visit the Us In Care website.
Children and young people identified five main themes:
- Important people
- Being involved and listening
- Having somewhere to live
- Helping me know about what I need
- Help to create a good future for me
Children and young people wanted to call these “Promises”, and not “Pledges”, because this word had more meaning for them.
From a series of meetings and consultations between children in care, the Corporate Parenting Steering Group and staff, priority actions to ensure the Promises are fulfilled have been identified. These will be completed during the coming year. The Corporate Parenting Steering Group will monitor progress and reports will be provided for the Children’s Trust Board.
We will feedback to the Teen Care Council (CiCC) and through that body, to the children and young people in our care, and then work together to identify the next areas of priority. Therefore, the Promises will be dynamic and meet the needs of the children needing care from the Council.
The Promises have been distributed widely in booklet form amongst staff and professionals. Children and young people in care have their own age appropriate versions, so they are able to know their rights and help monitor our performance.
For further information about how children and young people are involved in The Promises contact:
Children’s Participation Officer