Event allowing children and families to improve social work relationships launched

At the meeting, a suggestion tree was created to showcase how their meetings could be better.
At the meeting, a suggestion tree was created to showcase how their meetings could be better.
Published Friday, 24th November 2017

Worcestershire County Council has launched an event to help strengthen relationships between looked after children, carers and their Independent Reviewing Officers


An Independent Reviewing Officers primary focus is to quality assure the care planning and review process for each looked after child.


It is also essential that they ensure that the children's wishes and feelings are given full consideration to any plans being made.


An event took place on 25 October, at the Perdiswell Young People Centre during the recent October half term holiday.


It was supported by the Council's Participation and Engagement team.


The craft based activity morning which saw 28 children and their carers attend, included biscuit decorating, Pepper carving, leaf and hand prints and bonfire pictures and many other activities.


It has been decided that after positive feedback from all involved, that it will become an annual event.


Sally Branchflower, Safeguarding, Quality Assurance Manager, for Worcestershire County Council said:

"The event created an opportunity for looked after children and their carers to meet their IROs and have some fun."


"We received very good feedback from the children and their carers that attended, with many requesting for this to be an annual event."


"The young people produced some beautiful art work including a suggestion tree on how their meetings could be better, some fantastic simple ideas which we will take on board and aim to develop them in the service."


Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families said:

"It is great that the County Council is launching events like these to improve and maintain relationships between looked after children and all involved in their support networks. Events like these allow children and families to express and enjoy themselves, which can sometimes prove difficult."