Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council

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Children’s Services team have created a new online resource for young people in Central Bedfordshire aged between 11 - 18 years old. ‘Young Central Bedfordshire’ provides advice and guidance, with advice, support and information on relationships, sex, emotional health, wellbeing, drugs and alcohol. The web pages also provide a route to other additional services and information, such events and activities happening in Central Bedfordshire, education, training and employment, with links to the Council’s Find Your Future website.

Have a look to find out more. https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/youth-services 

Central Bedfordshire Council's Website

The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. We believe that every child in care should receive the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to enjoy their life and to achieve.

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 4YP - a social enterpries specialising in youth career guidance, mentoring and youth work in Central Bedfordshire - are working on a number of different projects which are detailed in their latest newsletter here.

Kooth.com is the new online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11-19 in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. It is anonymous and free. On kooth.com children and young people can chat online to professional counsellors, read articles written by young people, join forums to receive peer-to-peer support, access self-help materials and keep a daily journal. Kooth counsellors will refer the young person on to other local support services if they feel this is required. Read more about the service and access resources here

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/Childline is your

Childline is free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.


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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

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