Young Advisors meet the Minister

Minister hears how the Trust is changing lives

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust was delighted to welcome the Minister of State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill MP to its offices this month.

The Minister, Mr Goodwill MP was keen to see how the country’s first children’s Trust is making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families.

The Minister met with Trust’s social workers, staff and foster carers who through their various roles support children and families across Doncaster. Staff told him about a range of innovative projects that each aim to get to the heart of family problems, rather than simply intervening in crisis situations.
They included the Trust’s crime prevention programme EPIC which has been shortlisted for this year’s national Children and Young People’s Award and a project which works with children and parents to break the cycle of domestic abuse within families. He also heard the powerful stories from foster carers about the differences the Trust’s Mockingbird project is making - giving them extra support and helping to improve the experiences of children and young people living in care.

As part of his visit, the Minister also met with the Trust’s Young Advisors. The Young Advisors, who have all lived in care, shared with the Minister how they had used their experiences to help support senior leaders at the Trust to improve services in Doncaster and to make sure the voices of all children and young people in care are heard. They also shared with the Minister a film they had recently produced about their role as a Young Advisor. Their film is available to view on the Trust’s You Tube page -

Speaking about his visit to Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, the Minister of State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill MP, said: “This visit gave me the opportunity to see first-hand how innovative practice, such as the work of the Mockingbird foster carers, is making a real difference to children and families in Doncaster.

“I very much enjoyed meeting staff, foster carers and the young people who are working hard to make sure children and care leavers have the best possible support.

“I look forward to hearing more about the progress of this impressive work, which is building on the improvements already being seen in Doncaster.”

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Chief Executive, Paul Moffat, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister of State for Children and Families to Doncaster and to show him how the Trust is doing things differently to support children, young people and families. We believe our work is putting Doncaster on the map and we intend to be a centre of excellence in children’s social care.

“We are continuing to work closely with our young advisors and our partners to develop solutions to long-standing problems and improve the experiences of the children, young people and families we support.”


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