Over recent months, children looked after and care leavers have been in consultation about the questions that are used to form part of your Personal Education Plans (PEP's). These questions are completed with all children and young people and should present a valuable opportunity for you discuss future plans and goals. It may not be appropriate to complete all sections; however it is always useful to start thinking about future goals from an early age and to ensure varied opportunities are made available to you. These questions should be completed with your workers where
Below is the new management structure for Children’s Services. The changes will be in place formally from 1st July 2018.
Chief Executive - ERIC ROBINSON
Corporate Director for Children’s Services - PAUL BOYCE
- Deputy Director for Children - SIMONE WHITE
Integrated Front Door – Vacant
Children’s and Families Strategy – LYNN CAMPBELL / TERRI CARTWRIGHT
Child in Care and Specialist Services – IAN GODFREY (Interim)
Reigning Wirral champions last month hosted the annual North West Care Leavers Football Tournament at Tranmere Rovers Football Club.
The event saw ten teams of youths from leaving care services across the region battle it out in TRFC’s indoor area to become victors. A prestigious title in the leaving care world, the Wirral team bravely defended their claim to victory on the hot spring day. Unfortunately for us, this time the team from Tameside took home the trophy.
Written by Skye, CLC Member
On Thursday 31st of May 2018, myself and three others, Jonathan, Robynn and Teagan all attended a meeting at Cheshire Lines building to ask the Director and his team some questions.
Questions and answers given are below:
- Why don’t we get told when a case is re-opened?
- There is no reason why we shouldn’t be told, we should be informed and it should be discussed with us.
The team decided: Process of reopening a case to be clarified and shared on our website (this one!)
We received an impressive 54 nominations for the Listen to Me Awards this year - thanks to everyone who nominated!
We need your help!
We are looking for a name and logo for our new and exciting Exploitation team which is being set up in Wirral to help keep young people safe from abuse. Think outside of the box, something that will stand out and will have a meaning for young people.
"Someone taking advantage of you either sexually or criminally, for their own benefit through threats, bribes, violence, and humiliation or by telling you they love you. They will have the power to get you to do things for their own, or other peoples benefit or enjoyment"
The latest Ofsted monitoring visit took place on the 14th -15th March 2018. This was the 5th monitoring visit since the local authority was judged as inadequate in September 2016. The visit focused on the Integrated Front Door (IFD).
There are a lot of changes currently taking place in Children’s Services that have been designed to bring about positive change that will improve the consistency of support for children and young people and their families on Wirral, and the quality of service that they receive.
Hello, my name is Julieanne. I’m 17 years old and currently a care leaver working for the Participation and Engagement service as an apprentice.
I’ve been doing work for the Participation and Engagement service since 2015.
Written by Skye, a member of the Care Leavers Council
This year’s conference was organised by the Children in Care Council, the Care Leavers Councils and the Participation and Engagement Team. I personally think that this conference was a great success. It took place at Wallasey Town Hall at 2pm. We put together workshops for the professionals to get involved in during the conference and provided refreshments during the break.
The theme of our conference was ‘Contact’.
The council is asking young people for their views on the short breaks service to help see what can be done to improve it in future.
Short breaks are for children with special educational needs and disabilities, giving them the opportunity to develop friendship groups and grow their independence.
The survey will help find out how current services support young people’s independence and look at options to help you more in the future.
Do you enjoy drawing? Would you like to win a £50 Love to Shop voucher? Well here's what you can do...
The Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) need your help to create a new logo for them. There are only two things that the logo MUST include which is:
The Government is doing an investigation into what fostering is like for children and young people all across England, called the ‘Fostering Stocktake’. They are talking to lots of different people, but the Become charity for children in care and young care leavers wants to make sure the government hears your views – because you are the people who experience foster care.
Are you a child looked after aged between 15-17?
If so, there could be at least £200 in a special account (Junior ISA) waiting for your 18th birthday!
The Share Foundation works as part of a national scheme to open a bank account with £200 for all young people who’ve been continuously ‘looked after’ for at least one year and do not have a Child Trust Fund.
You can find out more at the Share Foundation website.
Here’s what you can do on the site:
We had a record number of 84 nominations for the Listen to Me Awards this year - thanks to everyone who nominated!
The awards celebrate the adults in Wirral who support our children looked after and care leavers. They're organised by the team at Moreton Family Centre, who ask young people to nominate the person/s they would like to nominate and why. Both the nominee and the young person are then invited to the ceremony, and the nominees are presented with a certificate from the Director of Children’s Services at Wirral Council.
In December 2016, a short survey was sent out to all Children Looked After in Wirral, asking them what they thought should be a priority for the Children and Young People’s Department in 2017.
Results were collated and the top three priorities identified were:
- Social Workers
- Finance / Money
Other responses given were:
For a trial period, children looked after nurses will be at the Pathway Hub @ Response every other Wednesday afternoon. To find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) Joe Gormley answers your questions about what happens before, during and after a Safeguarding Conference.
Meet Lucy from our Care Leavers' Council
I was in the Children in Care Council originally, about two years ago, but life just got really busy and I couldn’t attend for a while. My friend who I’d gone to the meetings with always encouraged me to come back, so I joined the Care Leavers’ Council towards the end of last year.
You have the opportunity to attend a FREE performance of the play 'On One Condition,' along with a free two-hour workshop to debate the issues.
On One Condition explores the issue of exploitation of young people. It does this through a number of different stories showing examples of how young people can be tricked and taken advantage of by adults.
We'd like you to have a say in what you would like Wirral’s Children and Young People’s Department to prioritise in 2017.
We've created a really quick survey and would be grateful if you'd answer three questions. There's also the opportunity to add any other comments you wish to make.
Thank-you and Merry Christmas to all of you! Thanks for all of your feedback on the website this year :)
Have a great holiday and we'll see you in 2017!
We wanted to let you know that we have a new section on the site!
It's called 'Advocacy,' and you can find it on the bottom left of the homepage (with a yellow loudspeaker symbol). The section also covers Independent Visitors.
In the section you will find:
Would you like to keep all of your health information in one place?
We’re developing an idea for a Health Passport for young people aged 16 to 18, allowing them to keep a record of their personal and family health history in a small booklet.
The booklet is passport sized, and looks like a passport too! Which is why it’s called the Health Passport :)