The Surrey Care Council

What is Care Council?

The Surrey Care Council is made up of looked after children and care leavers aged 13 to 25 years old. The group meets on a monthly basis to talk about what they'd like to stop, start and change about being a young person in care. We also have a Care Council Juniors group for young people aged between 8-13 years old, and they also meet on a monthly basis.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Care Council and Care Council Juniors have gone virtual.

Care Council will now be on the third Wednesday of the month, taking place between 5:45pm and 7:30pm.

Care Council Juniors will be on the fourth Wednesday of the month between 4:15pm and 6:00pm.

We hope we will be able to run face-to-face sessions in 2021, but for now, why not join our virtual groups, which we are bringing from our homes to yours.

We have also launched the first online issue of the new Care Council Magazine. You can read the October 2020 edition here.

What is Care Council and Care Council Juniors?

Care Council is a session for looked after children and care leavers aged 13-25 and is a great place for them to share their wishes and feelings on the care system to make positive changes, meet new friends and access support.

Care Council Juniors is a group for looked after children aged 7-12. The group gives them the chance to make services better, meet new friends, and have their voices heard.

Why should you come to the groups?

At Care Council and Care Council Juniors, the young people get to:

  • talk about things that are important to children and young people in care,
  • raise action cards (something they want to stop or change about being looked after) which are taken to Corporate Parenting Board to be actioned and responded to,
  • meet other young people in care who might have been in a similar position to them and make new friends,
  • and also go on fun trips with the group, such as Thorpe Park, Go Karting, as well as a summer residential outing to the Calshot Activity Centre.

Being a part of Care Council means young people:

  • can get involved in the UVP teams Recruit Crew scheme, meaning they will be able to sit on interview panels for new Surrey staff,
  • can take issues to the Corporate Parenting Board (a group of senior managers who have the power to change things),
  • be trained to help us deliver Total Respect training, which is a two day training course teaching frontline workers what it is like to be a looked after child or care leaver,
  • and lastly, help us to make a real, positive difference to the care system.

Below is what young people have said about coming to our sessions:

"I love Care Council Juniors, I wish it happened everyday".

"I really enjoyed the session as always. I really like the staff".

"Care Council was good as always, and I want everyone to know they are not alone".

"This has been a really good session and I enjoyed it a lot. The highlight was when I was able to share my opinion and stick to it".