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Children and Young People in Care and Care Leavers (EMPIRE)

In celebration of Foster Care Fortnight, we asked some of our EMPIRE members to give their thoughts on two important questions:

  • Why is it important to foster children?
  • What makes a great foster parent?

 

 

 

WHAT IS E.M.P.I.R.E?

When the Children in Care Council was relaunched in 2017, the young people fed back that they did not feel comfortable being referred to as a ‘Children in Care Council’ as they are more than just children who are in care. We ran a 6 month consultation with children and young people for name suggestions and E.M.P.I.R.E was chosen.

Due to the history of the name Empire it was important for this to be used as an acronym which provides a snapshot of the sessions: Empowerment, Memories, Positivity, Interesting, Respect and Educational.

Empire is Croydon Council’s Children in Care Council & Care Leavers forum and is not a group of nations or peoples ruled over by an emperor, empress, or other powerful sovereign or government: usually a territory of greater extent than a kingdom, as the former British Empire, French Empire, Russian Empire, Byzantine Empire, or Roman Empire.

 

E.M.P.I.R.E’S PURPOSE

The purpose of Empire is to empower looked after children, young people and care leavers with the confidence and power to influence policy change, shape the service and have their voice heard. Our offer is that all children and young people will automatically become a member from the day they become looked after by the Local Authority.

Empire will give looked after children the chance to identify common issues with the care they receive and make proposals for improvements. All of which are presented to the Corporate Parenting Panel at Croydon Council, Chaired by the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, Education.

E.M.P.I.R.E MINIZ: 4-10 YEARS OLD

There will be 5 events across the year for younger children to capture their views in a creative, child friendly way.

 

E.M.P.I.R.E JUNIORS: 11-15 YEARS OLD

These session will take place bi-weekly however there may be weekly sessions at times due to training, trips and corporate parenting panel. Young people aged 16-18 are still able to attend these sessions along with the monthly senior sessions to help bridge the gap in their transition to leaving care.

 

E.M.P.I.R.E SENIORS: 16-25 YEARS OLD

This will be our Carer Leavers Forum who will meet on a monthly basis however there will be additional sessions due to training, trips and corporate parenting panel.

 

Become a member of the corporate parenting panel

  • Have access to a dynamic training programme including: life skills, understanding your rights/ entitlements, money management, confidence building, cookery and many more
  • Work with children in care council’s across london
  • Have a say about the things that really matter in your lives
  • Help to shape the strategies for looked after children and young people in croydon
  • Free day trips

 

Please contact us before attending as locations vary

Free refreshments provided

empire@croydon.gov.uk

07926 084741

 

Registering is really easy and all we need is for you to text ‘join empire’ To:

07926084741  or  empire@croydon.gov.uk

With your name and telephone number. When you do this, we will reply to you, complete the registration process and provide you with a membership pack.