Our promises to children and young people in care

The Corporate Parenting Steering Group have made a set of promises to children and young people in care, on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council and partner agencies, and with help from the Teen Care Council.

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Our Promises to children and young people in care

Our Promises are what young people in care can expect from us. We call them Promises because we want you to know that it’s important to us that we keep them – that you get what you expect.

The Promises include what you can expect from staff and what services you can expect as well. The Corporate Parenting Steering Board is the group that makes sure we are keeping our Promises so each Promise is part of the group’s strategy and plans.

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Listening to children and young people in care

Children and young people chose five main themes for the Promises:

  • important people
  • being involved and listening
  • having somewhere to live
  • helping me know about what I need
  • help to create a good future for me

Children and young people wanted to call these “Promises”, and not “Pledges”, because this word had more meaning for them.

There were lots of conversations with children and young people and staff to set some high priority actions that will make sure we are keeping our Promises to our young people in care. The actions are put into a plan and the Corporate Parenting Steering Board supervises the plan and progress.

The Corporate Parenting Steering Board is linked to the Teen Care Council and will use that link to keep listening to what young people in care think. The Board listens to updates and answers questions from the Teen Care Council and the older group Experienced Panel in Care at the start of every meeting. We will work with the Teen Care Council to make sure the Promises we have made are the right ones and we will change them if young people tell us we need to.

Further information

For further information about how children and young people are involved in The Promises contact:

Katie West
Participation Team Manager
Tel:01454 862386

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