We Do Care (WDC) | Children in Care Council

What is We Do Care?

We Do Care is Buckinghamshire’s Children in Care Council.

The Children in Care Council is a group of children and young people who are either in care or a Care Leaver. Their ages range from 5 to 12 years (We Do Care Juniors) 12 plus (We Do Care Seniors) and 16 plus (We Do Care 16+).

We Do Care gives children and young people a chance to have their say on issues that matter to them, to make sure that they are listened to by Social Workers, managers and other decision-makers, and to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in care and Care Leavers.

What we do:

  • talk to decision-makers about being in care in Buckinghamshire

  • share ideas about how to improve services for children and young people in care and Care Leavers

  • Help interview people who want to work with children and young people

  • Organise events like fun days and an award event to celebrate the success of children in care and Care Leavers

 

We Do Care also have fun

We Do Care run a wide range of activities for all ages – examples include farm visits and craft activities for juniors, bowling and cinema visits for seniors or meals out for 16 plus. All groups aim to have fun and give opportunities to meet other children and young people in care and Care Leavers and try new things.

Contact us for more information.

Who to contact

E-mail
wedocare@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Where to go

Address
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Contact us for the date of our next meeting

Other Details

Age Ranges
5 to 25 years

Local Offer

Description

The Service works with young people aged from 11 to 25 (but mainly aged 13 to 19), providing creative and challenging activities to help them reach their full potential and contribute positively to their communities.

We offer group work programmes and one to one support, as well as residential experiences to work more intensively with young people to meet specific needs.

Contact Telephone
Contact Email
wedocare@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
19 to 25
8 to 11
5 to 7

General Local Offer Response

What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

The Service works with specific groups of young people who need additional support. We aim to create opportunities for development, encourage leadership skills, advocate on behalf of young people and make learning and development fun.

What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

Our activity programmes work with young people to develop skills based on 6 themes:

  1. Health and Wellbeing

  2. Choices and Behaviour

  3. Employability

  4. Learning and Achievement

  5. Decision Making

  6. Personal Development.

Young people are encouraged to look at the skills they think they need to develop and to develop a plan to help them to do this.

How can children and young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?

Young people can access our service in 3 ways:

  1. A referral can be made for one to one support by completing a referral form. This can be completed by the family themselves or by a professional who is working with the family.

  2. Young people can sign up to any of the programmes advertised on the Bucks Family Information Service Website as per the individual joining instructions

  3. We can be contacted directly via our email mailbox to discuss the needs of the young person and recommend suitable programmes or activities that may be of interest.

How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families, for example, facilities, support from staff?
  • All of the buildings that we use are able to be used flexibly to meet the needs of young people working with us.

  • All of our staff are able to support young people with mild to moderate support needs. Where there are specific needs we will work closely with young people and their families to understand the young person and look at what can be done to help them engage in the activities we offer.

  • Our Youth Workers are not trained to provide personal care for young people but we are often able to access this support if needed.

  • We have access to a signer to support those with hearing difficulties.

How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?
  • Youth Workers are able to communicate with young people and their families in a variety of ways depending on what suits them best. This can include email, telephone, or face to face meetings. For some projects, letters will be sent to provide important information.

  • We have access to a signer to support those with hearing difficulties.

What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

All of youth workers are trained to meet the individual support needs of the young people they are working. This includes general training on working with young people with SEND as well as more specific training as required

What future plans does your service or activity have for developing its SEND provision, for example, training, facilities?

We will continue to develop the service to ensure it is accessible to those needing additional support. We will also ensure that staff are equipped with the appropriate skills and abilities to work with young people, families and other organisations to help young people develop their skills.

Last Updated
05/10/2020

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