Your social worker should:
- visit you regularly in your placement
- listen and understand
- make sure that you feel safe and that you have everything that you need in place
- do what they say and follow through with promises
- make sure you know what you are entitled to and how to go about claiming these entitlements
- listen to all you would like to do and help you to embrace whatever it may be
- keep up dated on your school/college reports
- listen and advise on whatever you may wish to talk about (life, jobs, bad and good memories, sexual health)
- celebrate your birthday or special occasions with you whatever they may be e.g. religious festivals.
What is a care plan and how do I get involved?
Your care plan will include things like:
- where you will live
- where you will go to school
- what money you will receive
- contact with your family
- your legal status
- your health
- activities you would like to do
- your goals for the future
What is a Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)?
Your Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) is someone who works for Hampshire County Council, but is separate to your social worker and foster carer. They hold a meeting with you and the people helping to care for you once every six months. It is their job to make sure that you are being looked after properly.
Independent Advocacy Service
Independent Advocacy is provided by Just 4U (a project run by No Limits who are a charity that help children and young people in Hampshire). They can help to make sure others know what your views and wishes are about your care. They can also help you to make a complaint if you are unhappy about the service you receive. Just 4U Advocates will listen to what you have to say and make sure others do the same, they won’t tell you what to think and will help you understand what others are saying. A Just 4U Advocate can:
- Help you decide what you want to say in any meetings you have about your care.
- Go with you to any meetings you have about your care, or go to them on your behalf (making sure that others know what your views and wishes are, even if you aren’t there).
- Help you understand decisions that have been made about your care.
- Help you to make a complaint if you are unhappy.
- Give you easy to understand information about your rights so you can make better decisions about what you want.
Young people who have had a Just 4U Advocate often find it to be really helpful:
- “It was great having someone there for me at meetings”
- “They helped me to get my point across”
- “Having an Advocate was fantastic!”
To get in touch with the Just 4U Project, either visit the No Limits website, call Jayne on
07887655502 or ask any adult you trust to get in touch with us.
Tell us what you think
Hampshire County Council provides a lot of different services to children, young people and their parents/carers through the Children's Services Department.
As someone who may be receiving these services, you may not always be happy with them. You might have ideas about how we could do things better or differently.
No matter what the size of the problem or idea, we will listen to what you say and let you know what we are doing about it. Tell us your complaints, comments and compliments about Children's Services