Get involved and have your say

The participation service offers advice and activities for children and young people aged 12 to 25 that are in care, leaving care or have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

What kind of things can you get involved in?

You can:

  • be on the interview panel for adults who want to work with children and young people
  • be part of a consultation and research group
  • help train social workers and other people working with children and young people
  • be a member of the Children in Care Council
  • take part in the making of training DVDs
  • help in the production of a Children's Rights newsletters
  • help to develop shared interest groups
  • take part in activities and shared interest groups

How to get involved

The Children in Care Council - speaking out together

The Children in Care Council is a chance for you to have a say about things that really matter and affect your life. Whether you live with a foster carer, in a children’s home or have recently left care, your ideas can make a big difference.

The Children in Care Council is for 13 to 17 year olds and they:

  • meet regularly to discuss ideas and plans
  • take part in fun activities and events
  • work on projects such as websites, events, newsletters and activity organising

Join the Children in Care Council

The Care Leavers Council - Shoutout

​The Care Leavers Council is a chance for you to have a say about things that really matter and affect your life when you’re at the point of leaving care. Whether you live with a foster carer, in a supported accommodation or you live in your own home, your ideas can make a big difference.

The Care Leavers Council:

  • meets regularly to discuss ideas and plans
  • takes part in fun activities and events
  • works on projects such as websites, events, newsletters and activity organising

The Care Leavers Council is for young people aged 16 to 25.

Join the Care Leavers Council

The SEND disability group - Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars are a group of young people from Northamptonshire between the ages of 13 to 25 years that have SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).  We meet monthly and are supported by Children First Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire County Council.

What we do:

  • Give our views to make improvements to local services in the area for other SEND young people
  • Participate and support in consultations to allow other young people to have a voice about issues and services
  • Interview professionals for Children First Northamptonshire to make sure only the right adults are chosen to work with us
  • Learn new skills and training like recruitment and selection, how to inspect services and how to present

For more information about how to get involved with the Shooting Stars group, please get in touch with us.

Get involved with Shooting Stars

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