FOUR young people in the care of Cheshire West and Chester Council have helped produce a report on how the local authority can help them achieve their future goals.
The findings from the scrutiny review Swallows and Amazons, undertaken by the Every Child Matters Select Panel, followed on from last year’s successful award-winning 39 Steps Report undertaken also by the panel, with the help of another group of young people in care.
The young people told councillors they have goals for their future and needed their help to achieve their individual aspirations which were to graduate with a 2:1, finish with an NVQ, to stick to a job and to finish college and go to university.
They pointed out some of the difficulties that children in care sometimes face, with changes in their school placements and, in some cases, little contact with families.
Cllr Eleanor Johnson, chairman of the Every Child Matters Select Panel, said: “I would like to thank the young people for a thought – provoking presentation. Our children never cease to amaze me and we are very proud of them.”
Cllr Arthur Harada, executive member for education and children services, said: “It has already been agreed that all 75 members of the new council would be heavily encouraged to attend corporate parent training.
“We are already identifying as many opportunities as possible for young people coming out of care to find some form of apprenticeship or some form of employment with us in order to prepare them for staying with us or for the wider realm of work.”