Inspiring Voices was a project designed to raise young people’s and foster carers’ awareness of, and engagement with, children in care councils in England. It was funded by the Department for Education until the end of March 2016.
What was Inspiring Voices?
The Fostering Network believes that all fostered young people should have their voices heard and be given the opportunity to shape children’s services in partnership with local authorities and decision makers.
Inspiring Voices was a project designed to raise young people’s and foster carers’ awareness of, and engagement with, children in care councils in England. The project worked with six services to strengthen the voice of young people and to encourage a broader range of young people with care experience to shape the design and delivery of services which impact on their lives.
What impact did the project have?
Through our project activity, we:
Recruited and trained a team of care-experienced Young Ambassadors and Foster Carer Champions, who acted as a catalyst for change in local services
Supported Young Ambassadors to deliver presentations on their work through Inspiring Voices at a national conference in London and regional roadshows run by The Fostering Network
Ran three Consultation Café Events for children, young people, care leavers and participation workers in Birmingham, Chesterfield and Sunderland
Held an event for Participation Workers to share good practice around promoting participation for children and young people in care
Developed and promoted #ReclaimCare, a digital engagement initiative to share the positive achievements of young people in care and care leavers, to challenge stigma and promote aspiration at www.reclaimcare.co.uk
In July 2015 we conducted a consultation regarding foster carers’ and young people’s understanding of, and involvement with, children in care councils.
We ran three consultation café events in November and December 2015 for 100 children, young people and participation workers around the big question: ‘What can I do, and what must others do, to give every child in care a chance to get their voice heard?’