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Tue, 27 Nov 2018

By Robynn (Care Leaver)

We are no longer based at Moreton Family Centre and have moved to Pilgrim Street Arts Centre building in Birkenhead.  Some young people have been having trouble trying to find a way to get here from the bus station as they are not familiar with the route.  There is a map below with the two different routes that I use when I come in to do some work for the service.  I hope it helps and makes it easier for you to find us.  One route is in black and one is in pink.

Tue, 13 Nov 2018

We can now confirm that Moreton Family Centre will be closing its doors on Wednesday 14th November 2019 and the Participation and Engagement Team will be working from Pilgrim Street:

Participation and Engagement Service

1 Pilgrim Street

Birkenhead

Merseyside

CH41 5EH

Tel no. 0151 606 2200

https://www.teenwirral.com/pilgrim-street-arts-centre

Fri, 26 Oct 2018

As you know from a previous post, this week on Wirral we have been celebrating National Care Leavers’ Week.  It’s been very busy, lots of fun, and really good to see so many Care Leavers getting involved.  One Care leaver even travelled from Leicester to join us!  (Thanks Stacey).

We would like to thank all of the Care Leavers and PA’s that joined in the celebrations and helped to make this week the success that it was. 

A big shout out has to go to some of our Care Leavers for their achievements this week:

Robynn - The overall high score bowling legend

Tue, 9 Oct 2018

Written by Apprentice Julieanne

The Participation and Engagement service has been very busy creating a new Right Side of Care pack. The pack was originally created in 2008, and was last updated in 2012.

As many of us know; departments move, laws, entitlements, contact numbers and so on all become outdated and some things have just over all disappeared, so this year a massive piece of work has been going on to get everything back up to date and looking fresh.

Fri, 28 Sep 2018

The recruitment process here at Wirral is extremely challenging and competitive.  With the aim of recruiting only the very best people for the job, young people were once again involved in the appointment of three new Heads of Service in the Children Social Care department. 

Fri, 28 Sep 2018

National Care Leavers’ Week is about highlighting the needs of care leavers, and encouraging the agencies responsible for looking after them to work in a coordinated and effective way.

Wirral will be celebrating Care Leavers week, commencing Monday 22nd October 2018 and if you’re free we would love you to join us. There are various free activities that will be going on throughout the week and excellent prizes to be won. 

Please click on the link below for more information about the activities planned and speak to your Personal Advisors if you would like to get involved.

Fri, 28 Sep 2018

Earlier this year, a group of young people met with the Director and his team to ask them some questions young people had put forward and wanted answers to. (The full story can be found further down in the news articles).

One of the agreed actions following this meeting was to consider different ways young people can feedback about their experiences whilst in care.

Thu, 27 Sep 2018

Young Inspectors is a programme to bring young people together and support them to influence their local services across Wirral.

What Will You Do as a Young Inspector?

Mon, 25 Jun 2018

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

Mon, 25 Jun 2018

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)

Thu, 21 Jun 2018

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.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018

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: 

  1. 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!)

Tue, 19 Jun 2018

We received an impressive 54 nominations for the Listen to Me Awards this year - thanks to everyone who nominated!

Tue, 29 May 2018

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"

Wed, 16 May 2018

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). 

Wed, 16 May 2018

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. 

Thu, 26 Apr 2018

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.

Thu, 26 Apr 2018

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’.

Thu, 21 Sep 2017
A new creative writing competition has been launched in Wirral which could see your own story published online!
 
The inspiring stories competition is for young people up to the age of 25 who are fostered or children of fostering families across the North West and Yorkshire.
 
To take part you'll need to get creative and submit an inspiring story, it could be about a personal account of being fostered or an inspirational tale.
Tue, 19 Sep 2017

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.

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
All of the councils in the North West of England are working together to try and ensure that children and young people have the best experience possible whilst they are in care.
 
They want to identify what is important to you, so that they can tell the adults that make decisions about these things at a conference in November 2017. 
 
To let them know what you think you can complete a survey online. If you complete this, we will not be able to reveal your identity.
Mon, 17 Jul 2017

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:

Mon, 5 Jun 2017

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.

Thu, 25 May 2017

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:

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

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.

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