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Young Lives Foundation - Freephone Advocacy Number

Over YLF's Advocacy week, they have done a number of things to try and let young people know their rights and make it easy for them to contact the advocacy service.

 

The new freephone number is 0808 164 0096. Click the links below to keep updated about the Young Lives Foundation and find out more about advocacy.

 

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Proposed Changes to Supported Accommodation and Floating Support Services

 

Earlier this year, we held a public consultation for Supported Accommodation and Floating Support services. This gave us the opportunity to hear about what is important to you and other young people who use these services.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation; we have used your feedback to inform our plans for the new services.

 

What do the results mean for you?

Who can access services?

We will continue to support all young people aged 16-21 who need our help. This includes; Children in Care, Care Leavers, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, Vulnerable Young People and Teenage Parents. Young people who need the services the most will be given first priority.

The service offer

We will provide accommodation and support that is able to cater for all needs. This means that there will no longer be services that are targeted at certain groups, however we will make sure that the type of service you receive reflects your needs.  

Joining up services to deliver flexible support

Services will be flexible and provide varied levels of support depending on individual needs. If you still need it, support can continue when you move into your own accommodation.

Lining up services with areas of Kent

Services will continue to be delivered across all areas of Kent. We are considering how best to meet the specific needs of all parts of Kent and to ensure you will be able to maintain a local connection.

 

If you want to find out more, please visit www.kent.gov.uk/supportedaccommodation to read the Post Consultation Report.

 

 


 

Challenge yourself for children in care!

Click the logo above to see the most recent newsletter from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers. 

 



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FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards 2016

Nominations for the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards for 2016 are now open.

 

If you have a great foster that you think deserves an award, click here to nominate them! You can also nominate more than one foster carer. Please note the closing date is 5pm on 29 July 2016.

 


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This is your opportunity to let your MP know what you like and don't like about being in care. All you need to do is click here to download the activity pack and post it to: FREEPOST WHO CARES?.

You can ask your carer or social worker to help you, or if you like, you can ask one of the VSK participation team to help you. You can get in touch with us by ringing Amelia on 03000 412128 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hurry! The deadline for The Who Cares? Trust to receive your letters is 18 January 2016. If you have any questions about the project, please contact The Who Cares? Trust on 020 7251 3117 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  


 

Young Lives Foundation Newsletter - December 

Click here to read the latest newsletter from the Young Lives Foundation.

Visit http://ylf.org.uk/ for more information about Young Lives and how they support children in care and care leavers.YLF logo

 

 


 

Young Lives Foundation Newsletter 

Click here to read the latest newsletter from the Young Lives Foundation.

There is information about YLF apprentice Paddy talking on Radio 1 about his experiences in care for BBC Children in Need. His voice will be aired on BBC Radio 1 over the next week. He aims to encourage people to support the BBC Children in Need campaign that helps fund some of YLF's services.

A huge well done to Paddy for representing YLF! Here is the schedule of Paddy's airtime:

Wed 11 Nov - 10:15
Thurs 12 Nov - 08:15
Sat 14 Nov - 10:45
Sun 15 Nov - 16:45
Tues 17 Nov - 18:15

 

TUNE IN TO BBC RADIO 1!! Or click here to listen too.

Visit http://ylf.org.uk/ for more information about Young Lives and how they support children in care and care leavers. 


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20 July 2015

Kent care-leavers attend Children’s Commissioner launch event

 Two young care leavers from Kent enjoyed a visit to Westminster on Wednesday 8 July after an invitation from the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, to an event highlighting the experience of children in care.

Annabelle Taylor, 22 and Matthew Roberts, 21 were previously children in care, looked after by Kent County Council. They joined an audience of parliamentarians, decision makers and members of the media at the launch of the State of the Nation report, discussing support for children in care.

Representatives from Kent were invited to attend as the Council was one of the top five respondents nationally to the recent children in care survey sent out from the Commissioner’s Office.

Annabelle, who alongside Matthew is undertaking an apprenticeship with KCC’s Virtual School Kent, said “I was really pleased to meet the Children’s Commissioner and attend the launch.

“I felt that it did pinpoint the issue of the lack of support both financially and emotionally, available to those who leave care, even after they reach 21.

“I think this matter really needs a lot more attention and as part of Virtual School Kent’s participation team, I’m looking forward to becoming part of the Commissioner’s network to work on this.

Annabelle added “In the future, I hope to be able to influence some of the decisions made for care-leavers and children in care.”

Virtual School Kent helps develop and improve services for children in care and young care leavers, promoting their educational achievement and ensuring they receive a high quality education.

Peter Oakford, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services said “The State of the Nation report is an important document which furthers debate nationally about the extended support that is made available to care leavers.  Annabelle and Matthew are a credit to the Council and we look forward to their continued work in improving outcomes for care leavers both in Kent and beyond.”

 

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For further information contact Ione Gyamfi at Kent County Council Press Office on 03000 417896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit www.kent.gov.uk/news or www.twitter.com/kent_cc

 

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VOYPIC

VOYPIC stands for Voice of Young People in Care. It was set up in 1993 by a group of young people in care and practitioners. They are a charity that promotes the rights and improves the lives of Children in Care and Care Leavers. They do this through advocacy, mentoring, research and participation. Visit  http://www.voypic.org/ for more information and to view their newsletters.VOYPIC

 

 

 


 

 

Young Lives Foundation Spring Newsletter

Click here to read the latest newsletter from the Young Lives Foundation.

Visit http://ylf.org.uk/ for more information about Young Lives and how they support children in care and care leavers. YLF logo

 

 

 

 

 


  

The LILAC Assessment

LILAC stands for ‘Leading Improvements for Looked After Children’ and is a tool that has been created by ‘A National Voice’, a charity for Children in Care and Care Leavers. Kent County Council asked that LILAC came and looked at all the social care teams and how they work. They did this to make sure that the care that you receive is to a high standard.

The assessors came and spoke to our Children in Care Council (the OCYPC) as well as some young people in Folkestone. The asked lots of questions, including questions about participation and whether the young people felt they were listened to by Kent County Council as well as whether they knew how to complain about their care if they needed to. They also spoke to foster carers, social workers, IROs and many more.LILAC

The results of the assessment will be given and will give Kent County Council targets to improve on so that you receive the best care possible. Thank you to all of you who were involved.

 

  


 

 

Young Lives Foundation - Hunt the Dragon in Wales Trip

Read the report on how some young people in care got on last month when they visited The Kent Mountain Centre, for 4 days of adventure.

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I hope you followed their daily BLOG…if not why not take a look now http://ylf.org.uk/blog/

 

Don’t forget you can follow similar adventures and news of how YLF supports Kent’s Children and young people in care by following them on Twitter https://twitter.com/ylfcharity

 

 

 

  


 

Challenge yourself for children in care!

Click the logo above to see the most recent newsletter from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

 

 

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