Show Me That I Matter

What's changed? Show Me That I Matter is an ongoing group and can demonstrate impact on an ongoing basis. Examples from the 2014 annual report include:

The panel said they wanted to review the Show Me That I Matter website and feedback ideas on how it could change. The site is now being redeveloped and launched in April 2014.

The panel felt the charter for care leavers was too wordy, not written in words you understand, and not realistic in its statements and promises. Suggestions from the panel were taken into account when the charter was revised in 2013.

Young people said they had problems with bus travel; and that their bus pass was only for designated zones which causes problems when you change placements or want to access different parts of the city. Councillor Looker has arranged for young people in care to have free bus travel across the city; this was implemented in April 2014.

Young people said they would like more help arranging apprenticeships with the City of York Council (CYC). As a result Looked After Children (LAC) and care leavers are given priority on CYC Level 2 apprenticeships. The Pathway Team met with Human Resources to discuss more opportunities for LAC and young people at the council, such as work experience.

Some young people said they didn’t know who their IRO was and what their job was. Young people said that IROs should spend more time with them before reviews so they know how you want your meeting to take place and how you’d like to contribute. Two IROs went to the November SMTIM meeting to explain their job role and to look at how they can improve review meetings for young people.

Young people said they would like to move meetings to West Offices, have more preparation time on agenda items, a reminder of the dates and agendas for meetings and a named chairperson. So meetings have been moved to West Offices, more time has been given for agenda items, reminder texts go out ahead of everyt panel and a new chair is voted for every six months.

Show Me That I Matter (SMTIM) is the name of York’s Children in Care Council (CiCC). York’s CiCC hold monthly panel meetings to raise and discuss issues that are important to Looked After Children and young people, with the aim that councillors will help to shape and improve the services for looked after children and young people. Councillor Janet Looker, Lead Member for Children’s Services, and Councillor Jenny Brookes attend the panel meetings, along with Nikki Wilson, Children’s Rights and Advocacy Officer and Michelle Howlett, Looked After Children Development Officer.

 

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