Two new groups have been launched in Angus to give looked-after children and care leavers a stronger voice in shaping the development and running of services.
The Children and Young Person’s Consultation group will meet monthly and give children and young people the opportunity to meet, share experiences and identify changes they consider would help Looked-After children and care leavers.
The group will also meet with the people who are best able to ensure that appropriate change happens.
It will be operated by Who Cares? Scotland but it will also include support group of staff from various agencies to support the young people to attend and assist the Who Cares worker to run the group and liaise between the group and the Corporate Parenting Board.
This will meet three times a year with members of the Children and Young Person’s Consultation group. The focus of the meetings will be issues raised by the Children’s group and to monitor the extent to which the commitments in the ‘Corporate Parenting Pledge’ are being fulfilled.
The group will also ensure that the Corporate Parenting responsibilities held by elected members, the council and partner agencies, are being adequately addressed.
Councillor Sheena Welsh, Angus Council’s Children & Learning convener, said: “We have a responsibility to looked after children and young people. Being a good Corporate Parent means that the council will accept responsibility for Angus’s Looked After children, young people and care leavers, make their needs a priority and seek the same outcomes as any good parent would want for their own children.
Duncan Dunlop, chief executive of Who Cares? Scotland, said: “I believe that the Angus Corporate Parenting Board and Young People’s Group provides the conditions for this to happen in Angus and builds on the commitment Angus has shown to placing their young people at the heart of their care services.”