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Getting More Involved in Social Care project

The Getting More Involved in Social Care project is a new initiative being developed by Children in Wales. It is a three year project funded by Welsh Government, looking at supporting the health and well-being of looked after children, disabled children and young people and kinship carers.

Looked after children

Children in Wales is working with looked after children, care leavers and the professionals who support them to look at issue of health and well-being. This is a partnership project working with Voices from Care Cymru and others to develop a series of online guides that will inform young people in care of their rights under the UNCRC, key health and well-being issues as well as the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. If you would like to know more about the project or get involved with our work please contact Emma Sullivan for more information at emma.sullivan@childreninwales.org.uk.

Disability

This strand of the project will help disabled children and young people to feel more confident and better informed about their rights in line with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. The project will provide workshops for young people on participation and the importance of article 12 of the UNCRC, ‘Respect the views of the child.’ The project will work with young people to give them the information and resources they need to help other disabled children, and to train professionals on participation. For more information, please contact Danni Richards who is developing this work, at danni.richards@childreninwales.org.uk.

Kinship care

The Getting More Involved project will also work with kinship carers to bring them together for mutual support, and provide training to give them a voice, as well as creating online resources.

Kinship care involves providing care for children who are separated from their parents, or whose parents are unable to look after them. The biggest group of kinship carers are grandparents, but it can also involve older brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and other relatives, friends and neighbours. There are estimated to be 200,000 – 300,000 children living with kinship carers in the UK.

To find out about the work with kinship carers, please contact Deborah Smith deborah.smith@childreninwales.org.uk.

 

 

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