The Children's Rights Team make sure that you have opportunities to say what you think and have your views taken seriously when decisions are made about you, your life and your future.

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Your views are being sought to help better delivery of services. An entry will be selected at random to receive the prize of a £10 high street voucher. The entries will be stored for 12 months on Kirklees Council secure IT system and will then be deleted. We need your personal data for the purpose of contacting the winner and this will not be shared with anyone else. We will only share your views on the services with managers and / or other Council services to highlight the voice of the child or promote the work of the service. Any entries used to promote the work of the service will be anonymous and will not include names. If you would like further information about how we manage your data, please see the privacy notice for Kirklees Council at How we use your data. If you have any questions about the competition please contact the Children's Rights Team on 01484 225288 or childrensrightschallenge@kirklees.gov.uk.

We'd like to know how things have been for you over the last few months, during this COVID-19 period. What's been good and maybe what's been not so good. You can let us know any way you like - you can write a poem, draw a picture, complete our online form or just write down what you'd like to say. We want to hear your views!

The online form has some suggestions of things you might want to think about such as how has COVID affected your family time (contact), your review, your relationship with your Social Worker etc but it's up to you, tell us whatever you want people to hear - we can share your thoughts with our Managers so they can think about how to make things better for children and young people who are in their care!

You can email your entries to childrensrightschallenge@kirklees.gov.uk or post them to Kirklees Council, Children's Rights. You don't even need to use a stamp. Entries need to be received by Sunday 27th September. An entry will be selected at random to receive a £10 high street voucher.

What we do

Advocacy

An advocate is a person who can make sure that your wishes and feelings are heard, this can be done by:

  • Supporting you at your review
  • Meeting you and listening to you
  • Helping you to make a complaint if you are not happy about something or a compliment if you are really happy about something
  • Giving you information and advice about your rights

If you are in the care of Kirklees Council then you have a legal right to an advocate!

If you would like to talk to an advocate then please contact us or complete the online form below and we will get in touch with you. You could always ask someone else to do it for you.

Other things that the Children's Rights Team do

It's my review

When you are in care you have a care plan which says how you should be looked after.

This needs to be talked about every few months - this is called your review.

Find out more about your review.

Children in Care Council (12-15 year olds) or Care Leavers' Forum (16-21 year olds)

You could join a group twice a month and meet up with other young people in care in Kirklees to have your say about services for young people in care or those who are preparing to leave care and help to improve them.

The Children in Care Council (aged 12-15) and the Care Leavers' Forum (aged 16-21 or 25 if in higher education) are ways in which children and young people who are looked after in Kirklees Council can have a say about things that really matter and affect your lives.

Find out more about the Children in Care Council and Care Leaver's Forum.

Independent visitors

An independent visitor is someone you can talk to, get along with and ask for advice as well as doing fun activities together.

Find out more about independent visitors.

Interview panels

You can take part in interview panels where you can have your say on candidates applying for jobs such as Social Workers, Personal Advisors, Advocates, Independent Reviewing Officers and other people who will work with young people in care in Kirklees to make sure the Council get the right people to support you.

Training

You can be trained to deliver training to council staff and carers about what it is like to be in care so they can understand what life is really like for someone living in care and why it is important that they listen to what you have to say.

Contact the Children's Rights Team

If you are in the care of Kirklees Council and would like support then contact the Children's Rights Team:

Contact Us

Fill in our simple online form

Clock Completing this form takes around 5 minutes

Contact the Children's Rights Team

After you've completed the form

The Children's Rights Team will get contact with you.

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Make a complaint

  • Children's Complaint Service
  • Address Complaints Unit, Freepost, Kirklees, 1479