Staffordshire Pledge to Children & Young People in Care.
The Pledge is a set of promises made to children in the care of Staffordshire County Council. All adults who work for and with the Council have a duty to make sure you are safe and happy. This pledge shows how we promise to do this. This Pledge has been written by Staffordshire’s Children in Care Council.
- There will be a designated teacher in your school who will offer you advice and guidance if you need it.
- We will support you to learn English if it is not your first language.
Your Health & Wellbeing:
- We will promote services that are available to you to help maintain your health and wellbeing.
- We will give you the chance to have regular health checks.
- We will offer help and support in accessing leisure services.
Where you live:
- We will try to place you near to your family, friends and education where possible if it is safe to do so.
- Where possible you will be given a choice on where you live.
- Everyone who is looked after will be given the same opportunities. We will treat all young people the same but respect each others differences.
- We will plan with you about when to leave care and identify what support you will need and who will provide it.
- We will help to prepare you for independence by helping you to budget, cook, clean and experience what it might be like to live independently.
- We will help you to find somewhere safe and suitable to live and to support you when you leave care.
Family and Lifestyle:
- We will try to ensure that you have an annual holiday where possible. This might be with carers, friends, family or school. It may be abroad or within the UK for a few days or a week.
- We will help you keep in regular contact with family members, if this is in your best interests.
- We will meet your religious and cultural needs where possible.
- Where possible we will try to provide you with IT equipment and access to the internet. This may be at Home or School.
- We will try to encourage you to read, we will do this by asking your carers to read to you and provide you with books.
Having a Voice:
- To encourage children and young people to have a voice to enable positive change.
- To provide forums and support where children and young people can have their voices heard.
- To provide events where children and young people are encouraged to meet and share ideas.
- To provide a wide range of communication aids to promote having a say.
If you would like further information please contact the Children & Young People’s Voice Project:
Telephone: 01785 253878
You can also find more information on our website.