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Information and advice for young people in Suffolk

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Your rights

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If you are at risk or are worried that another young person is at risk call any time on 0808 800 4005

On this page there are details to help you give your views about your care, join the children in care council and find out where to go for advocacy, information, advice and support for any issues you have.

HAVE YOUR SAY! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

If you are unhappy about anything to do with your care or just want to have your say about being in care, or leaving care you can email C2C@suffolk.gov.uk

We aim to respond to you as quickly as possible to tell you how we are going to use your views to make a difference to services. Please remember if you raise a personal issue that we think affects your safety or the safety of someone else we have a duty to pass the information on to someone who can help.

There are two groups helping children and young people have their say about their care services. To get involved with Brighter Futures or the C2C. Call or email the team using the contact details above to find out more.

brighter futures Brighter Futures 

An activity group for children in care, up to 12 to give their views while having fun.

C2C The Children in Care Council (C2C)

Looked-after children and care leavers can give their views, have their say, challenge and even change the way local authorities run children's services and children's lives.

Advocacy

We can also help put you in touch with an advocate, someone to stand up for you and help you to be heard - what is advocacy?

Information, Advice and Support

The Children's Commissioner offers free independent advice, assistance and representation if you are in care or a care leaver. Visit Help at Hand, freephone 0800 528 0731 or email help.team@childrenscommissioner.gsi.gov.uk They also have lots of information in their FAQ information pages answering questions such as 'I'm in care and I want to know my rights', 'My social worker says I have to move, but I don’t want to', 'I want to have more contact with my family' and lots more. 

Become.  (A charity for children in care and care leavers) offers a Care Advice Line which takes you through to 'a friendly team' offering practical and helpful information and advice on anything to do with being in care or a care leaver or freephone 0800 023 2033 (Mon-Fri 10:30am -3pm. They also have interesting information on the big issues facing children in care and care leavers www.becomecharity.org.uk/care-the-facts/the-big-issues/

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