The young people's council (YPC) is a youth voice group for care experienced young people.

The group meets monthly and discusses what changes they would like to see made to the care system.

They also organise and review consultation events for young people and plan the decision makers meetings. The decision makers meetings are with county councillors and children's social care managers and the findings from the consultation events are discussed.

What have the young people's council been up to?

  • Residential trip to Center Parcs
  • Meeting with decision makers quarterly 
  • Consulting with care experienced young people 4 times per year known as C-Days
  • Interview staff
  • Presented at different conferences
  • Played a large role in the increase of the Setting Up Home Allowance
  • Enforce that all foster carers have a personal profile
  • Youth Approve council documents
  • Recruited new members
  • Set up the Care Leavers Council
  • Attended regional children in care councils
  • Looking at ways of improving respite care
  • Started-up a young person's newsletter 
  • Helped to produce the  'It's your home' guide (pdf / 9 MB), which is full of useful information for those in care;
  • Written  a pledge for younger children (pdf / 4 MB) a pledge for older children (pdf / 4 MB) and  a pledge for care leavers (pdf / 2 MB) - these are all the things young people have said they want from the adults who support them. 

Do you want to join the young people's council

If you want to get involved in either the YPC or the care leavers council please contact or call Kathy Peacock, participation, quality and standards officer on 01609 532107 or email We also have a facebook and twitter profile so you can keep up to date with everything we are doing at or

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