On Thursday the 28th June, Kent welcomed representatives from other Local Authorities across England to hear how they could make a difference for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People. Utilising Kent’s experience with the young people, we aimed to share and focus our minds towards achieving excellent placement, educational and well-being outcomes and community integration.Read more: Conference: Making a Difference for UASC - June 2018
During the last year our North and West Kent localities have been involved in a pilot project with Kent Children’s University.Read more: Kent Children's University - Pilot Project in North and West Kent
The step to higher education is daunting for everyone – but for those who come from a care background it can be even more so. That’s why UCAS have developed a care leavers toolkit of resources to help professionals support students in care.
Here are their top ten tips:Read more: How to Support your YP in Care Thinking of Going to Uni
CreativeMe is an exciting writing competition run by Pearson Publishing which celebrates the creativity of children and young people in care. Entrants can submit poems and short stories on any theme or topic and winners received a book token and certificate.
Congratulations to Matt on his winning entry…..Read more: CreativeMe Writing Competition 2018 - Congratulations Matt!
National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.Read more: Don't miss your chance to do NCS!
Whether you’ve recently left school, are still studying, about to start on an apprenticeship or thinking about university, this course is for you.
This free course, Managing my money for young adults, covers everything you need to know to get you started on the new and exciting financial journey that lies ahead. It offers practical tips on what to start doing now and to continue doing as you progress on your chosen path.Read more: Managing my money for 16-18 year olds
This puts our children’s services among the top 30 per cent in the country and recognises that we have made substantial improvements since our previous inspection, despite some difficult challenges along the way.
Importantly it also recognises the hard work of our amazing Children in Care and Care Leavers, the work of VSK and partner services/ professionals in improving academic and wider outcomes as well as providing opportunities to have fun and share their voice.Read more: Ofsted has rated our Children’s Services as ‘good’
The NSPCC have updated their #ShareAware campaign with new resources to enable parents and carers to ‘untangle’ the online world and to help them to teach the children to be ‘Share Aware’.Read more: NSPCC launch new tools to help parents ensure children are ‘#shareaware’
Operation Willow has negotiated a reduced price for Kent and Medway Schools to attend “Zak” and “Lottie” training, facilitated by the University of Kent’s Centre for Child Protection.Read more: 'Zak and Lottie' CSE, Grooming and Radicalisation Training and Resources
The VSK Conference Good Emotional Health Equals Good Learning took place at Ashford International Hotel on 7th June 2016, attended by over 140 Designated Teachers and senior leaders from schools across Kent and Medway as well as managers from KCC Fostering, Social Services and Adoption services.Read more: VSK Conference: Good Emotional Health Equals Good Learning