Making care and leaving care better

Young people are at the centre of everything we do at the Trust  

To achieve our goal of delivering ‘outstanding’ children’s services we know we need to listen to those who know our services best – our children and young people.

Here at the Trust we want the voices of children and young people to be heard at every chance – by making sure they have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions with their social worker, advocate, school teacher or by getting involved in one of our care councils. 

At the Trust we also do something which is a little different. We have a group of young people who get involved in the Trust’s day-to-day work and advise the Chief Executive on how to run his company – our Chief Executive's Young Advisors. 

The Chief Executive's Young Advisors aged 15 to 21, all have experiences of care. They all know the system well – what works and what doesn’t work.  As the eyes and ears of the Chief Executive, they go out, on his behalf, into the Trust to see what is working and what isn’t working, and then update him and senior managers. They also represent the voices of over 500 children in care and work alongside our Junior Care Council, Children in Care Council and Care Leavers Forum, mentoring them and ensuring young people have their say in their care and the issues that matter to them. You can find out more about the work of our Young Advisors on our Chief Executive's Young Advisor page

 

Want to be the voice of children and young people in care?

Find out more about our Junior Care Council, Children in Care Council and Care Leavers Forum on our voice and influence page.

 

We’d love to hear from you! 

If you would like to get involved, contact Tracey our Participation Officer on 01302 736 558 or email tracey.cusack@dcstrust.co.uk

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