Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council

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Not being listened to? Feeling like your voice is not important? Well stop right there, your voice IS VERY important and we are here to listen!

 We are involved in a range of things from peer mentoring, activity days, consultations, meetings with managers and interviews with newly qualified social workers, and managers.

CICC awards

The CICC is very well known within the council, we get asked on a regular basis to attend interviews or deliver training or attend meetings. We have a yearly awards evening which is organised by the CICC, this is where we all come together: foster carers, residential social workers and young people to celebrate their achievement’s this could be anything from learning their ABC’s to passing their exams, we do this because looked after children and care leavers are just the same as any other child and have a right to be acknowledged and achievements celebrated.

The participation officer in charge is fantastic she has helped us get where we are today and has been nothing but an excellent support without her we would not of got this far!!!!! The feeling of knowing we are making a difference to young people’s lives is just fantastic and we always ask for feedback so we can challenge or improve anything we are not happy with, there is sooo much more to tell you but we will be here all week however if this sounds great and you want to be a part of making a difference then speak to your social worker about joining… If you have any more questions feel free to send us an email, cicc@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Thank you for reading about the CiCC, we hope to hear from you soon. Charlotte, CiCC Member.

If you are interested in joining the CiCC please send an email to kam.mathu@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or speak to your Social Worker or Personal Adviser.


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 The Mind of My Own App gives children and young people in Central Beds a voice and helps them to communicate and tell us how they feel about the support they are receiving and their wishes and feelings. Children and young people said they find speaking this way much easier. It can be translated into over 100 different languages.

The App is mainly used with children up to the age of 15. For more information please access the poster attached.Mind of My Own Information

Care Leaver AppThe Care Leaver App, which is free to download and includes information, advice and guidance for care leavers across a range of subjects including Benefits and Entitlements, Housing, Managing Money and Advocacy.

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  • The App can be used without the need for an internet connection
  • Content within the App can be translated into several languages.
  • A directory of local and national services and organisations that can offer further help and support
  • Listings of local events, activities and meetings.
  • Events are searchable by keyword and date.
  • A contact page for the leaving care team, including any emergency contact details, and much more
  • Find the App by searching “Central Bedfordshire CLA”.
  • The App is for Care Leavers that are aged15 and over.

For details and support for both Apps, please call 0300 300 4992 or email cicc@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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