Child or young person in care

In this section we've tried to explain being in care and some of the opportunities available to you.

Who's who

The pledge to children in care 

Your rights and entitlements

Advocacy and independent visitors

Children in care group

Children in care council 

Health checks 

 

Who's who

Independent Reviewing Officer (IROs)

Who is your IRO and what do they do?

IROs are the people who chair reviews for children in children's homes, residential homes or foster care. They are there to make sure your reviews run properly; that your views are listened to; people do what they have agreed to do and that your best interests are protected.

When you come into care you will have a care plan which says how the Local Authority is going to care for you. The IRO makes sure the care plan is right for you and that things in your care plan are being done. This is why it is important you tell your IRO if you are not happy about something.

If you don't know who your reviewing officer is you can contact your social worker or call 01908 254300 and they will be able to help you.

Social Workers

Social workers support people, act as advocates and direct people to the services they may need. In most cases social workers will work with your siblings too if they are also in care.

Foster Care Social Workers

Foster Care Social Workers are social workers for foster carers. These social workers will make sure you are ok but their main job is to make sure that the foster carers are doing their job and have everything they need. If a foster carer has any problems, worries or questions they can ask their social worker the same as you can ask yours.

Corporate Parenting Panel

The purpose of the Corporate Parenting Panel (CPP) is to act as parent to all the children and young people who are in the care of Milton Keynes Council and to ensure that the Council’s pledge to children in care is delivered. CPP will raise awareness of the needs of children in care across the Council and its partners.

The following elected members are on the CPP. Click on their names to be taken to a link to more information about them. 

Ann ClancySarah BetteleySamuel CrooksJenni FerransNorman MilesZoe Nolan and Victoria Hopkins.  

One of the ways you can interact with members is through the children in care council.   

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The pledge to children in care

The pledge is a promise to CIC which applies to any CYP looked after by Milton Keynes Council

PledgetoCIC (PDF, 106KB)

or

Pledge to CIC teen (PDF, 96KB)

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Your rights and entitlements

As a looked after child you have rights and entitlements you can find out more information by clicking here.

Advocacy and independent visitors 

The pledge says, "We will make sure you know how to let us know if you are unhappy with something and provide an independent visitor or advocate (someone to help your voice be heard) to support you in telling us, if you want this."

Sometimes it is hard to say what you would like to say to professionals, an advocate is someone who can help you do this.

What can an Advocate do?

Advocacy is confidential (as long as you are not at risk) and independent so looked after children do not need to feel worried if they need to talk to someone about a problem that regards their home or a service from an organisation such as the Local Authority.

·        Help you understand what services you can use

·        Find information about processes that you may be going through

·        Help you be heard when you feel nobody is listening to you

·        Help if you want to make some change in their life.

The advocacy service for you is Voiceability. You can contact them by: 

Free-phone on 0800 0124 325

or call 01908 886 234 (local rates apply)

text 07785426152

or even email: youngvoices.mk@voiceability.org

For more information you can visit the Voicability website or by downloading the Voiceability Leaflet (PDF, 347KB).  

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Children in care group

All children in care from MK aged 8+ are welcome to attend. Following feedback we have extended the group so it will now run from 4-6.30pm.

The group has a number of supervised activities taking place during the session. We have a pool room, several computers, a sports hall and a meal being prepared the kitchen. There is also a homework/participation room where you can get support with homework and participate in TCTF and other youth groups if you wish.

We hope this will be an ideal opportunity for you to spend time with other young people and get some support whilst having fun. 

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Children in care council 

Today’s Children, Tomorrows Future (TCTF) is Milton Keynes Children in Care Council. The group meets once a month to discuss current issues in Children’s Social Care (CSC) and present these ideas to councillors to make changes. For more information about TCTF contact Richard Lee – Participation Worker richard.lee@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Health checks 

You may have health needs that are higher than other children the same age as you. For that reason, each area of the country has a nurse whose job it is to help you, your family, social worker and carers to keep you as healthy as can be.

Promoting the Health of Children in Care is a document that has been written by the Government which talks about ways that we must work to help you to stay healthy.

A bit about your health in foster care and residential care

When Children's Social Care look for foster care and residential placements, thinking about the way in which carers will encourage good health is very important. Foster carers have health checks with their doctor before they can have children and young people to stay with them. Foster carers and residential carers will also be asked about ways that they will help you to keep healthy such as the kinds of foods that they cook for you and the way that they will help you to keep physically well. This could be with activities like swimming or being a member of a sports team.

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Last Updated: 6 July 2020