Report of the Director of Community & Children’s Services.
Members received a report of the Director of Community & Children’s Services relative to the Children in Care Council (CiCC) and Participation Service Update.
Members questioned what initiatives were in place to increase participation in CiCC services from young women, as it was noted that there was lower participation amongst young women compared to young men. Officers reported that bespoke services were being offered to each individual to encourage participation with the aim over time to bring all young people together in one group, if possible. Officers noted that the numbers of young women were very small and so it was important that a person-centred approach was adopted to ensure their individual needs were being met.
Members questioned how the service was meeting commitments in the pledge. Officers reported that the pledge provided the blueprint for the CiCC service offerings. Skills-focused training sessions are offered in areas including DIY, health, budgeting and job/interview preparation.
Members requested assurance that as the number of young people increases, resources would be available to accommodate all participants on group holidays. Officers advised that consideration is being given to which officers can accompany young people on holidays to ensure adequate participant-to-officer ratio without compromising the responsibilities of the officer’s workload. A follow-up report was requested at the next meeting.
RESOLVED, that – the report be received and its contents noted.