Have your say on a new draft strategy for children and young people who are in care and care leavers (children and young people's version)

Closed 16 Sep 2020

Opened 19 Aug 2020

Feedback updated 14 Oct 2020

We asked

In West Sussex, we want to make sure that children who are looked after and care leavers get the best possible support and help when they need it. We have been working on putting together a new strategy which sets out how we are going to do this. We wanted to know what you thought of our strategy.   Your views are important to us as we want to make this the best strategy we can create – one that has the greatest impact   on making young people in care and care leavers lives the best they can be.

You said

We were very grateful for your responses to our consultation.

100% of people that responded were  children looked after

100% of people who responded to the consultation said they strongly agreed or agreed with the principles outlined in the proposed strategy.

50% of people who responded to the consultation said they felt there was nothing that needed adding to the strategy, while 50% said they were unsure.

We also spoke to young people from the Children in Care Council to gather their views on the strategy.

100% of them agreed with the seven priorities set out in the plan. They also gave feedback on areas they felt were missing in the plan.

We did

We’ll listened to your views and consider these when we create the final version of the strategy. This has now been passed to the Corporate Parenting Panel

Overview

In West Sussex, we want to make sure that children who are looked after and care leavers get the best possible support and help when they need it. We have been working on putting together a new strategy which sets out how we are going to do this.

A copy of the full draft strategy for children and young people who are in care and care leavers is available for you to read.  We’ve summarised the main points for you below.

Our priorities for you

We talked to lots of people about how we could make things better for children who are looked after and care leavers. Our task has been to focus on what the most important aspects are, and, in doing that, we have identified seven priorities for this strategy.

  1. Before you go into care, we will help your family to keep you from coming into care in the first place, but we will always do what is best for you.
  2. When you are in care, we will make sure that your preferences and needs are considered when choosing where and who you should live with.
  3. We will make sure you feel safe, settled and comfortable where you live and that the people who look after you are supported so that they can care for you in the best possible way through childhood and beyond.
  4. We will help you feel good about yourself and be healthy.
  5. We will support you to have a good learning experience and do the best you can. We will encourage and support you to take up opportunities in education, employment and training until the age of at least 25, in ways that suit you.
  6. We will make sure that we listen to your opinions and views and that our decisions about your care are influenced by your wishes and feelings. If we cannot make the decision you wanted, we will explain why, as soon as possible.
  7. When you leave care, we will help prepare you to live independently. We will support you to think about housing, money, education and work.

 

Why we are consulting

We would like to know what you think of our strategy.   Your views are important to us as we want to make this the best strategy we can create – one that has the greatest impact  on making young people in care and care leavers lives the best they can be. We’ll listen to your views and consider these when we create the final version of the strategy.

Please complete the short survey below to tell us what you think.

 

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What happens next

The Children in Care Council and Care Leaver Executive groups

The Children in Care Council and Care Leaver Executive is made up of a group of children and young people who are in care and care leavers. These groups give children and young people a chance to have their say on issues that matter to them. They get to talk to decision makers about their care experience in West Sussex and share ideas about how to improve services for children and young people.

This strategy will be reviewed by these groups. If you’re a child or young person looked after by West Sussex or care leaver, you can get involved in the work of Children in Care Council or Care Leaver Executive.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Toby Wilson on toby.wilson@westsussex.gov.uk  

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Children
  • Young People
  • Young People Aged 18+
  • Pupils
  • Service Users
  • People Who Do Not Use This Service
  • Families
  • Care Leavers
  • Children who are Looked After

Interests

  • Childrens Social Care
  • Fostering
  • Children in Care
  • Looked After Children
  • Care Leavers