What is it?
Voice Gloucestershire, which is our name for the Children in Care Council (CinCC), is a group of around 20 young people and their job is to represent all the children and young people that Gloucestershire County Council look after. They are all different ages and have different backgrounds.
We meet to talk about issues and to take forward topics to something called ‘The Corporate Parenting Group’. This is a group of senior managers from Gloucestershire County Council as well as elected council members whose job it is to make important decisions about the lives of all children in care. It is their responsibility to then act and take the Children in Care Council’s issues forward.
Voice Gloucestershire is not all about meetings though. It is also an opportunity to do fun things and to get to know other young people in care.
It is also about contributing to Voice Gloucestershire so if you have any ideas for this website or if you are interested in joining, then please get in touch using our email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
What we do
- We work as a team to help improve services for children and young people cared for by Gloucestershire County Council.
- We listen to the views of children and young people and help make their voices heard.
- We try and influence decisions made for our future.
- We aim to give you every opportunity to be able to live the life you want, making sure that it is as safe and risk free as possible.
- We ask services to think carefully about how they provide you with the skills you need to live independently and be able to face day to day challenges.
Any child or young person who is in care or leaving care can join the Voice Gloucestershire. You should be enthusiastic and passionate about helping improve the system for all and try to attend our main meetings, which are informal, relaxed and fun.
We chat about issues which are important to you at the meetings. So we could ask about your education, or if you feel safe but we will never put you on the spot! It’s your chance to speak up about your rights. We promise to listen to you, take you seriously and feedback to you on what has happened as a result.
Being a member is voluntary and there are opportunities to be involved in many other projects such as interviewing people for jobs or national projects which help children and young people in care.