The Voices Matter group, who are either in care or have been in care themselves, have made it to the final of the Children and Young People Now Awards 2016 in the Children in Care category.

The group meets to discuss issues and policies affecting young people in care in their area. They have previously visited the Houses of Parliament to represent the views of children in care and have made two short films which are used to train new foster carers and social workers.

Voices Matter is made up of a number of young people and senior staff from Children's Social Care at Cambridgeshire County Council.

They meet every school holiday, when young people discuss issues with key decision makers. They have created their own service plan after consulting with other looked after young people to identify issues that they feel are important to them.

They have also in partnership with NIHR CLAHRC East of England at Cambridge University and Cambridgeshire Film Consortium created three short films about foster caring, leaving care and living in residential care. One of them "“ Finding my Way "“ won a national BFI documentary award.

The awards ceremony where the winners will be announced will be held in London on 24 November.


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