The Children in Care Council (CHICC) is run by and for young people in care and care leavers in Hertfordshire.
The purpose of the CHICC is to listen to the views of young people and help to make being in care better. It's also about meeting other young people in care and having fun, with lots of activities and events taking place all year round.
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The Children in Care Council (CHICC) has 3 main groups:
Junior CHICC (7-11 years)
This is for young people in care aged 7 to 11.
It's all about having fun and meeting other young people in care. We do things like trips to the zoo, soft play and art sessions.
Sometimes we talk about things to do with being in care.
Some of the juniors go on to become leading volunteers with the Deputies.
The Deputies (12-18 years)
The Deputies are aged 12 to 18 and meet every month to help plan events and discuss things about being in care.
The Deputies help run our events and talk to other young people about being in care.
They decide what the CHICC should do each year. They meet with senior managers 4 times a year to share the views of young people in care and agree actions for improving things.
Care leavers group (18+)
This group represents the views of care leavers, aged 18 onwards.
They meet once a month and discuss issues to do with leaving care. The group is keen to ensure that young people are supported through transition to adulthood.
The group runs an annual event for all care leavers in Hertfordshire.
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