Children’s Involvement Team works with children and young people in Sheffield to support and enable them to have a voice on issues that affect them and their lives.
The Children’s Involvement Team are commissioned by Sheffield City Council to provide the following services for Sheffield’s children and young people in care. Anybody in the child or young person’s life, such as their parent, Foster Carer, Social Worker, IRO, and the child or young person themselves can make a referral to these services…
Issue based advocacy - for looked after children and young people, care leavers and disabled children and young people. This is for a child or young person that feels like they are not being listened to by people in their lives; an advocate can help them to be heard.
Children in Care Council - This is a group of 13-17 year olds who make changes and improve the care system for others.
Sheffield Care Leavers’ Union - (website coming soon) This is a group of care leaver’s that want to improve the experiences of care leavers and give them all the best chance of a positive future.
Independent Visitors - A befriending scheme for children and young people in care. Children are matched with a volunteer who takes them out monthly to do a positive activity and build up a long term relationship.
Advocacy in Child Protection Conferences -Children aged between 5-17 in initial Child Protection Conference’s are automatically referred to the Children’s Involvement Team and they are all offered the option of advocacy support for the conference.
The team also provides training for professionals around the voice of the child and have produced lots of resources to help Social Workers to effectively seek and listen to the views of children and young people they are working with.