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Wirral children in care design help pack and website
12:32pm Tuesday 24th July 2012 in News
WIRRAL’s “looked after” children and young people have played a major role in the launch of a new website and “welcome pack” for youngsters in care.
The pack is designed to be used by children and young people when they first come into care and the website provides ongoing information and support.
They have been developed using ideas from looked after children and young people themselves.
Wirral’s acting director of children’s social care Julia Hassall said: “These new resources are really impressive and will be very useful particularly to young people who are new to care.
“Our looked after children sat down with our inclusion team and marketing team and told us what young people need when they first come into care, and how they would like to get that information.
“The results are excellent and their input has made a huge difference.”
One of the members of the Children In Care Council, who helped design the new pack, said: “It makes them aware of what’s out there and it will be helpful for young people to find out about meetings, who does what and getting more information about care plan reviews and education.
“It will also be helpful to find out what activities are on over the summer holidays.”
Wirral Council presently has just under 700 children and young people in its care, ranging from babies to young adults, although this figure changes week to week.