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Children in Care in York Give Views on How They're Looked After


11:35am 25th June 2014

Young people across York had their say on a wide range of council services earlier this month.

City of York Council ran its first ever ‘Speak Up’ Event for Looked After Children in a bid to encourage youngsters to give feedback on services and issues. The discussion session at Energise was followed by a wide range of activities for the young people to take part in, including dancing, football, climbing and djing. 

York’s Children’s Rights and Advocacy Service, who organised the event, provide participation opportunities and advocacy to children and young people who are in the care of the local authority.

Nikki Wilson, Children’s Rights Manager, City of York Council, said: “This is the first year we’ve run the Speak Up event and it was a fantastic opportunity for York’s Looked After Children to make their voices heard on a wide range of issues. It also provided a chance for the young people to get together and try out a wide range of activities.” 

One young person summed up the event by saying: “Today was epic because of the climbing wall and the people.”

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People, City of York Council, said: “It’s vitally important that all our young people – and particularly those who are Looked After by the council – have a key role in designing and improving the services they use the most. I hope we’ll be able to use the feedback from the day to make our services even more focused on the needs of the young people themselves.”

Following the success of this year’s session, it’s hoped ‘Speak up’ will become an annual event.

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