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Children in Care Council - Update from Investing in Children


The Senior Partnerships Officer gave the following update on the recent meeting held with the Children in Care Council on 17 April.  Cllrs Darkes, Charlton, and Jewell attended the meeting.  The following issues were discussed including:


·         Improving care plans to make them more child friendly

·         Improving transport

·         Issues around Council Tax

·         Social Worker contact

·         Apprenticeships

·         Clothing / toiletries budgets

·         Complaints / compliments

·         The relaunch of The Promise

·         Representation on the Supported Lodging Project


Councillor Jewell referred an issue being raised at the meeting about a lack of careers advice being offered at special schools.  The Head of the Virtual School assured the Panel that all special schools deliver careers advice although it may be delivered in a less formal setting than formal careers lessons.


It was suggested that the issues raised by the young people will be picked up as areas of focus for the panel over the coming year, and will be incorporated into the CPP Annual Report.




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