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 is now taking place every two weeks via Zoom. The sessions are currently taking place on a Thursday between 4pm and 6pm. Care Council Juniors is taking place every three weeks on a Wednesday between 4pm and 5:30pm also on Zoom.

Why should you come to Care Council?

At Care Council, 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 you 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 you 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".