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Champions for Children and Young People in Care

Is a newly formed Special Interest Group within the CPHVA. We are especially concerned with health issues for looked after children, but we also are interested in related issues, such their education, number of placements, etc, as we are well aware what effectives these may have on children and young people’s health, especially mental health. Looked After Children are a highly vulnerable group….The government document ‘Modernising Social Services’ gives damming statistics such as ‘67% of looked after children have an identifiable mental health problem..’ ‘between14% and 25% of young women leaving care are pregnant or have a child ……’ The current Government wants to guide professionals to work with vulnerable groups, and there are many programmes to try and support the work..Quality Protects, Connextions, Sure Start,..and many more. Yet still these children slip through the net. Why? Can we as professionals honestly say that we have done as much as we can? Or do we feel it is someone else’s responsibility?

We of CCYPC welcome health professionals, social workers, youth offending teams, foster carers, care leavers and young people from the care system to unite with us to take the health agenda forward for this vulnerable group.

What does Membership Offer?

We are a newly formed group, but we have an active committee and want to work together to build up knowledge, expertise and share good practice. We hope to have Regional Seminars and at least once a year, a Conference combined with our AGM. You will receive a Newsletter with information on local initiatives as well as national initiatives.

You will receive notification of other relevant conferences, websites, and useful information. You will be provided with lists of useful organisations to contact for relevant help and information. We can provide starter packs with samples of policies, protocols and health forms. We also have samples of young person friendly leaflets explaining the role of the LAC Nurse and the importance of the LAC Medicals. Finally, we are a listening ear, and may well take up your problems on a national level.

Newsletter - Summer 2004
 

Activities

Annual Conference 2004 :

Health, Mental Health and the Interface with Education for looked after Children Conference - Thursday 1st July 2004 - Amicus Building, 33-37, Moreland Street, London, EC1 - 9.30 - 4pm.

Presentations:

National Healthy Care Programme Pilot -- Janet Butterfield and Sharon White - Designated Nurses for Looked Aftere Children and Young People, Leeds

Resilience - Dawn Walker

Building a Future Vision - Access to Excellence - Helen Chambers, Principal Officer, National Children's Bureau

Health Targets, Healthy Care, Promoting Health andLooked After Children - Kathy Dunnett, Nurse for Looked After Children

Health, Mental health and the interface with education - Helen Jones
Professional Advisor, Department for Education and Skills

 

3rd AGM of Champions of Children and Young People in Care held at 40, Bermondsey Street on 1st July 2004 - Minutes

 

4th Annual Conference - Summer 2005

 

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