Staffordshire Pledge

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. 

Your Education:

  • 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.

Diversity:

  • Everyone who is looked after will be given the same opportunities. We will treat all young people the same but respect each others differences.

Leaving care 

  • 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.

Futher information

If you would like further information please contact the Children & Young People’s Voice Project:

Telephone: 01785 253878
email: cvp@staffordshire.gov.uk

You can also find more information on our website.