Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council

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Mind of My Own App   

Virtual Apps to stay in touch and help to protect children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

 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.

What else?

  • 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

The Children in Care Council (CiCC) felt that some of the words that are used for children and young people in care and those leaving care, could be replaced with words that are positive and make them feel empowered. They created a 'Dictionary of terms’ to help those working with children and young people Providing Language That Cares

The regional Children in Care Council have devised top tips to support those who work and engage with children and young people and to encourage good practice.Top 10 Tips for Central Beds Practitioners

CiCC Ambassadors at the House of Lords

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This is where you can find out information on being in care and leaving care and how to be Children In Care Council member. Read more.

Next Children in Care Council Meeting - It would be good to see you all. 

Hello everyone, hope you're all keeping well and enjoying the blue skies and beautiful sunshine.

Just a reminder about next week’s CiCC meeting, which is taking place on Tuesday, 15th June, between 4 – 5pm. We will meeting to have a catch up and discuss CiCC projects and the plans for the upcoming visit with Mark Riddell.

And as always, strategies and resources will be provided to support your wellbeing.

To join the meeting, please access the Microsoft Teams Meeting below. And remember you can join the meeting using your computer or mobile app.

Click here to join the meeting

And please let me know If your able to attend.  

Lastly, if you any questions or have difficulties in joining the meeting please contact me on 07794 333272 or email on cicc@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Quality Assurance (QA) & Commissioning Assistant

We are offering an exciting opportunity to young people aged 12-18 living in Central Bedfordshire Council who want to make a difference by becoming a QA & Commissioning Assistant.  

The Role

We are seeking people who are willing to be the voice of children and young people in Central Bedfordshire, to help develop effective services that will make a positive impact.

You will contribute to making positive changes by sharing your views on services that we are developing and also by sharing your own fresh ideas on how we can continue to improve as a whole.


Meetings will be held regularly, currently only virtually due to government restrictions but with a hope to meet face to face soon!

A general overview of tasks include:

  • Sharing your views and ideas on projects and services
  • Quality assuring16+ providers to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Evaluating tenders for placement providers for looked after children
  • Creating presentations and presenting (if you feel confident enough to)
  • Liaising with other groups and young people
  • Contributing to discussions

What you will gain from this role:

  • Experience of working within Children’s Services
  • Opportunity to meet like-minded people
  • Opportunity to make a positive change to children and young people across Central Bedfordshire
  • AQA in Commissioning and Quality Assurance

 What you will need

No qualifications or experience needed! Just young people who are willing to share their views and help us improve the lives of children and young people across Central Bedfordshire.

For more information get in touch today! Please email: sarah.preston@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk