During the pandemic we aim to release a monthly newsletter for young people in care. We are always looking for new things for our newsletter, so if you have anything you would like to share or any questions you would like answering from children’s services anonymously send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include them in our next edition.
What is it?
Everyone who has care experience is automatically a member of the Norfolk in Care Council! We like to hold events and opportunities to try and engage as many young people as possible to help improve the lives of young people in care. We have listed some of the ways that young people can get involved here!
Why should I come?
Not only do you get to help children’s services make improvements, but it is also a chance to meet other young people and we have free food!!!! Twice a year we also go on a trip - recently we went to Pleasurewood Hills, tubing and Cosmo.
Where is it?
We normally meet once a month in each locality which is split up into north, east, south, west Breckland and city. Since Lockdown we have been meeting virtually and have continued to work on some exciting projects such as a virtual talent show and film and website group and lots more.
How do I get involved?
You can email email@example.com and we will send you a list of the meetings we have going on. You can come to as few or as many as you like. Anybody up to the age of 25 can join.
BH: Having fun in lockdown
DB: Finishing Year 11 with no exams
“Thanks for sharing that with us DB. We wish you all the best with your results!”
Can I have contact or family time?
We went and asked the family time team manager at Norfolk County Council who said:
Norfolk continues to have a duty, set out in the law, to promote your family time. For the time being, the Covid-19 lockdown rules limit the safe options to provide you with your family time. But we also know that keeping in touch with family is even more important during this time, which is likely to be stressful and confusing for many of you. Therefore, the Family Time service is keen to help you stay in touch in any way that is safe do so.
“For the time being, ‘real’ and ‘face-to-face’ sessions can only go ahead in very special circumstances. This is because the most up-to-date government guidance tells us that children should only see people outside of their immediate household if they live between households. This is likely to change in the weeks ahead, so we are keeping a close eye on what the government is telling us. As soon as it is safe to return to having your usual sessions, we, or your social worker, will let you know.
“To maintain family time as normally as we can, we are using an app called ‘Teams’ - it is like Skype and FaceTime but is considered safer than those to use. We can use this app to link you with your family members so that you can spend time with each other. It should be just like a regular family time session, just online.
“If you are not already having virtual family time and would like it to be set up for you, please speak to your social worker, who will contact us to organise it for you. Family time supervisors can also support with sharing letters, artwork or hand and footprints (for younger children). These arrangements will also need to be agreed by your social worker, so if you have letters, pictures or videos you’d like to send on to your family members, just ask.
Can I still order takeaway?
Yes! For collection and delivery orders. Restaurants are closed. You can also use online services such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats to have food delivered to your home.
Why are some food items limited in supermarkets? - And why can I not get hold of some items?
When the lockdown first began some people were buying more products than they needed (like toilet roll) which meant that there was not enough for everybody else (ohhh no :/) so some supermarkets put a limit on the number of products that one person could buy to make sure there is enough for everybody.
Should I still see my social worker during lockdown?
Head of social work for looked-after children and leaving care (city and south) said:
In order to follow government guidelines and keep as many people safe as we can, social workers will try and minimise direct visits to young people unless they are worried about the young person or the young person wants a direct visit and it is safe to do so. “We aim to keep in touch with our young people at least once a fortnight; if not directly via telephone or video messaging. This will be reviewed as the weeks pass and new guidance comes out but please feel reassured that we continue to be there for our young people and we will be as flexible as we can to fit in with what you want.
For the shortbread
For the caramel
For the topping
Here is what some young people think of advocates:
You can get an advocate by speaking to your social worker or IRO or you can contact Coram Voice directly: