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Reviewing your Care Plan

A Review means checking to see if your care plan is still right for you, making sure people are still doing the things they said they will do and seeing whether anything else needs to happen.

Your first review will be within 20 days of coming into care, the next one will be after 3 months and then they will be every 6 months after that. There must be a review before you stop being cared for by the local authority.

Remember:

  • you can choose how and where the review will happen.
  • you can choose how you want to take part in your
    review.
  • no major changes can be made to your care plan
    unless it has been agreed at your review.
  • it is your review so it’s really important that you
    share what you think.

Tips for getting your voice heard:

  • Write down what you want to say - if you don’t feel able to say it at the meeting you can give it to an adult to read out.
  • You could take an advocate or an adult that you feel comfortable with, this may help you feel more confident in having your say.
  • If you decide not to go make sure you talk with an adult so that they know what you think and can tell the meeting.
  • If you are not sure what to say, have a look at The Pledge it’s the promise that City of Wolverhampton Council have made to all Children and Young People in Care.
  • If there is something that has been promised and isn’t happening for you “Speak Up!”

Advocates

An advocate can work with you to make sure your views, wishes, feelings and thoughts are heard and are listened to. You can have an advocate as part of your Care Plan. Your advocate could help you at your review meetings. You could speak to your advocate if you’re not happy about decisions that are being made. You could have a discussion with your advocate if you’re unhappy about the service you are getting or want to make a complaint.


Children in Care Council

The Children in Care Council represents the children and young people cared for by City of Wolverhampton Council. We are here to be role models, share our views, make our voices heard and get involved in decision making. If you would like to get involved or have any issues you would like to raise, please don’t be shy! Email Corporate.Parenting@wolverhampton.gov.uk


Care Leavers Independence Collective Forum (CLIC)

CLIC represents Care Leavers aged 17-25. We are here to get Care Leavers voices heard, to help shape the Leaving Care Service and make it better for all Care Leavers.

We also get involved in loads of new exciting opportunities:

  • Contribute to and influence change to policies and procedures
  • Interview new staff for Children and Young People Service
  • Run training sessions for social care staff
  • Public speaking
  • Arrange events for care leavers
  • Promote Care Leavers rights.

Loads of benefits for you:

  • Meet up with other care leavers every month
  • Make new friends
  • Find out about help for you
  • Have fun!

For more information contact your participation officer on 01902 556951


Participation Officers

Participation officers are there to make sure that you and other children who are in care get a chance to have your say.

We do that in lots of different ways like:

  • The Children in Care Council
  • Care Leavers Forum
  • Fun projects and events
  • Questionnaires and surveys
  • A website for Children and Young People in Care and Care Leavers to engage with you
  • Care Leaver Offer.

Our participation officers would also be happy to meet and talk with you outside the meetings at a time and place that’s convenient with you.

You can contact participation officers on 01902 556951


New Towns Deal - Young People's Consultation

Information from this consultation will be fed in to the City of Wolverhampton Council Town Deal Board and The Actors of Urban Change project. The Town Deal Board will assist in identifying the vision  for the Town Deal for the City of Wolverhampton. The Actors of urban change project supports a Youth Lab approach which encourages young people to take the lead in choosing, taking part and leading change in the city where they live.


The questions are to ask your views on your city centre so we can better understand what we need to do to improve the city centre. You have been sent this survey because you live near our three city centres and are a young person aged 25 or below


Take part!