I have monsters that live in my tummy,
They jump up and down and make me feel funny.
When I was taken from my mummy, those monsters danced,
they made me feel sad and horribly funny.
When I got scared, they comeback,
They dance in my belly and make it feel like jelly,
They twist and turn and wibble and wobble,
And the feelings in-side are just horrible.
At my new home they don’t dance like they did,
Members of the Children in Care Council wanted to reach out to children and young people have who have recently come into care and have made this fantastic video. We hope you enjoy it!
Wirral Fostering Service invites you to join us for a night under the moon where you can meet the team and shed some light on how we may be able to improve our service!
When: 29th October 2019, 5.30pm – 7pm
Location: Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Square, CH41 5BR
All ages welcome!
On Friday 23rd and 30th August Wirral’s Children Looked After aged 8-14 years are invited to join us for games, a movie, hot dogs, popcorn, and various other snacks. There will also be some care leavers in attendance on the day who would welcome the opportunity to speak with you to hear about your own views and experiences of being in care.
The review, which runs throughout summer, and up until 20th September is looking to gather opinions on the current activities and support services that are available to young people in Wirral, as well as asking them what they would like to see and do in the future.
The consultation has been shaped through engagement with staff who work with young people and is being checked every step of the way by young people themselves.
What is Contextual Safeguarding?
Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understand, and respond to, young people's experiences of significant harm when away from their families and outside the home.
The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) would like to hear your views and experiences about the issues that you face when you are out and about in Wirral and the places in Wirral where you feel unsafe. This will help them to understand the contextual safeguarding risks and focusing on the areas identified, help you to feel safer.
Do you know an adult who has listened to you?
Would you like to nominate them for an award, and both be invited to a celebration?
This is a great opportunity for adults who listen to you to be celebrated because you are important and what you say matters.
The Participation and Engagement Service are always looking at ways in which they can increase opportunities for the voice of children and young people looked after to be heard and their views and experiences shared. As of today, monthly online consultations will be made available for all children and young people looked after to participate in. Each will have a theme and be available for one month; until the new one is uploaded.
In total 130 young people received awards after being nominated for achieving something special in 2018. The event was Christmas themed, award winners met Father Christmas and the Mersey Girls (Dance Troupe Finalists from Britain’s Got Talent), received a voucher, a selection box and their certificate. It was a special evening and fantastic that we were able to celebrate so many young people. Thank you to all those involved behind the scenes, both in organising this event, and in enabling these young people to achieve success.
Some feedback received:
The children's charity Corum Voice are currently running their annual creative writing competition for children in care and care leavers.
The competition, now in its fourth year, is called 'Voices' and it is dedicated to amplifying the voices of children in care and care leavers by giving them a platform to write and be heard in a creative and expressive way.
This year’s theme is ‘Growing Up’, and children in care and care leavers are invited to write any piece on this under 500 words. This can be anything from a short story, poem, rap or song.
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.
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
Tel no. 0151 606 2200
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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"