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Parents and carers

What do we offer?

Advice and support regarding children and  young people's rights.

Advocacy Services for children in care.

Independent Visitors for children in care.

Participation Activities – a chance for children and young people to get involved and have a say on services and things that matter to them.

Opportunities for children and young people to develop new skills and experiences.

The Children In Care Council is run by children and young people in care.  These young people make sure that councillors and senior managers in children’s services are made aware of things that matter and make improvements.

Who can use our services?

Anyone aged between 5 and 18 can access the service if they are considered ‘in need’ under the Children Act 1989.  We provide additional services to children and young people who are in care or leaving care aged 5 – 21 (and up to 24 years for ‘eligible’ Care Leavers).


We believe that children and young people matter, that they should be listened to and should have their say in decisions that affect their lives and the services they receive.

Use the links at the left to find out about the Participation Team, what we do, and how you can get involved.

Things people have said about the Team

“Chris [name changed] thinks the staff in the Participation Team are amazing and have helped her a lot. They have given her more confidence and they are all so kind and young person friendly.”

“Julie [name changed] … feels the Children’s Rights Officer is an inspiration and she would not have been able to get through the last few months without her help.”

Get in touch

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions. 

The Participation and Rights Team newsletters

DVD, film download and video game classifications factsheet

Do you know what young people should or shouldn’t be watching? How can you tell if it’s suitable for their ages? Download our factsheet to find out.

DVD, film and games factsheet