The Children’s Rights Service is for children and young people who are (or have been) in care. Whether the child or young person lives with a foster carer, in a children’s home, or has recently left care, the council has a responsibility to make sure their rights are respected and they are treated fairly. The Children’s Rights Service includes the following:
An advocate speaks for children and young people on their behalf. They can make complaints, give advice about rights, and attend meetings, reviews, or assessments. Advocacy is a short-term service designed to resolve specific issues.
Children in Care Council (13-17 year-olds) and Care Leavers’ Council (16-25 year-olds):
The councils meets regularly to discuss ideas, take part in activities, and work on projects such as websites, events, or newsletters.
The Participation Service offers advice and activities for young people aged 12-24 years. It also allows them to get involved with Children’s Rights.
Young people can participate by:
- Being on an interview panel for adults who want to work with children and young people
- Being part of a consultation or research group
- Helping to train social workers (or others who work with children and young people
- Being a member of the Shadow Board
- Taking part in the making of training DVDs
- Helping to develop shared interest groups
- Taking part in activities including white-water rafting sessions and cinema trips
All young people in care have the right to an independent visitor. Independent visitors are volunteers who are matched with a child or young person in care (who is under the age of 21 and has little or no contact with birth parents). The child or young person and volunteer are matched based upon common interests. Visits are generally once a fortnight for a couple of hours. All volunteers are fully trained and supervised.
Shooting Stars Group:
Shooting Stars are a group of young people with additional needs (SEND) who represent other young people in Northamptonshire. It's a great way to learn new skills, meet different people, and have fun.
Professionals can request a service from Children's Rights by completing an online request form.
Young people in care can get in touch with the Children's Rights Service themselves.
Care Leavers' Local Offer:
Please contact your advocate or personal assistant for the latest version of the Care Leavers' Offer.