Question and Answer Panel feedback
Why can’t I see my PA more often?
What opportunities are there for me to find employment, if I do not want to do further education?
Why haven’t I been invited to my PEP meeting?
Members of the group explained that they did not all know who their designated teacher is in school.
Action – Sharon will raise this at the designated teacher network meeting.
Why do I get taken out of lessons for meetings, as other people in school ask me why and I don’t want them to know I am in care?
Action – Ann Birrell to follow up with the school nurses.
Cllr Tom McInerney said you have a right to say no about being taken out of lessons.
Action – Tracey Coffey to remind social workers that meetings should not take place during lesson time, unless in exceptional circumstances.
Action – Sharon to email designated teachers that you should be asked if you would like to attend your PEP and that the times are ok for you and that the PEPs need to be re-arranged if they interfere with lessons.
Why am I allowed to catch the bus to school, but not allowed to catch the bus home?
Why can’t I find affordable and suitable housing after I turn 18?
A member of the CICC asked if you can move a friend in with you, Sam and Wendy both agreed that it was a good idea if you know the person well and would need to think about who is named on the tenancy agreement (a contract between you and the landlord about renting a property) especially if something went wrong between you and your friend. Sam agreed that moving in on your own can be hard and lonely and this could be a good option for some people. But to also think about what happens if you decide you do not want to live together any more or if you fall out?
If I am not ready to move when I am 18 to live on my own, what can I do?
Discussions need to take place with your social worker and foster carer before you turn 18.
Sam Murtagh explained about semi-supported accommodation, you get your property depending on your needs and you can have 24hours support that gradually reduces as you turn 18. Support can be increased if you need it. The government are currently discussing care leavers rights to be extended until your 25 years old.
What opportunities are there for children who live out of borough (leisure)?
What support do I get when I leave care?
Why can I not have a pet?
One member of the group asked about contact with a pet, Wendy answered that it would depend on who the pet lives with.
Can I have longer contact with my family, as I know other people who get longer?
Sarah mentioned that someone had spoken about a care leaver not being able to see their siblings. Tracey Coffey explained that it should be part of the siblings care plan to incorporate contact with an older sibling. If this is not happening, the care leaver could make a complaint.