Darlo Care Crew
Who are “Darlo Care Crew”?
“Darlo Care Crew” are Darlington Children in Care Council, a group of young people in care who come together regularly, to look at issues that affect children in the care of Darlington Borough Council. Working with the Council, we make decisions which help to make the lives of young people in care better.
What's on Darlo Care Crew (DCC)?
If you are interested in attending any of the below meeting please contact [email protected] or give him a ring on 07949518506
Things to do in Darlington
Did you know you can get free leisure with Healthy Darlington Card if you don’t have a card ask your Social Worker?
The Max Card
Free or discounted entry to loads of great attractions [external link]
Arts and Culture Head, Heart, Hands Darlington
Head, Heart, Hands Darlington project [external link]
The ‘Pledge to Children in Care’ was develop from listening to young people’s thoughts and problems about being in care in Darlington. The Pledge is a set of promises that the Council has made to all children in care.
Darlington Borough Council promises all children in care that we:
- We will organise the way we work to best meet the need of children and young people
- We will do what we say we are going to do when we say we are going to do it
- We will keep in touch with you by your preferred method and make sure you know how to keep in touch with us
- We will ask you where you want to have your meetings
- Social workers should put in writing and sign what they have agreed to do! When the young person and social worker agree that these things are going to happen
- We agree that young people should decide whether carers /parents should attend meetings
- We agree that you should carry out agenda days at least 3 times per year to bring all children in care together
- We understand you have a private life like us so if we have to ask you anything personal we will do it privately and sensitively
- We agree to children and young people having a say when changes that take place affect you
- Your social worker will ensure that the best possible placement is identified for you
- We will help you to have a voice in matters concerning service for children in care Darlo Care Crew will do this and your IRO will take forward issues that you may have, we will also make you aware of advocacy services such as NYAS
- We will remove barriers to encourage greater inclusion, so all children and young people can have a voice regardless of disability, culture or ethnicity
- We agree that you should be included in the decision about what school you go to
- We will involve children in care and their views when interviewing staff that are going to work with you
Have your say
Mind of My Own
One way to have your say and share your views is through Mind Of My Own. The One app is a communication tool created by Mind Of My Own which makes it easier for you to express your thoughts, experiences, good news and report any problems to your Care Team.
You can download the One App via the app store or google play store. (can you add screen shoots of what this would look like?)
You can also sign up and use Mind Of My Own on-line [external link]
Have a look at this guide to see how to download and use the app (Young Person Poster & Guide to Download pdf) or watch this short video [external link] . Don’t forget when signing up you will need an email address and remember to select Darlington Children Service’s.
As with all apps it’s important to protect your privacy so make sure you log out when finished & don’t share your password with friends or strangers. Also remember if you send in a statement outside of working hours (Mon-Fri 9am till 5pm) it will not be looked at by a member of the LATC Team till the next working day.
If you need any help with Mind Of My Own speak to your Social Worker or email [email protected]
Who’s who in Children’s Services and what do they do?
Link to the Who's who document [pdf document]
Choices Together years 10 &11 an opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a university student.
The North East Raising Aspiration Partnership [external link]
Is Higher Education for me?
Propel - Higher Education guidance [external link]
Do you know your Rights
Your Rights Explained
IMO [external link] was created by the Children’s Commissioner for England
IMO [external link] is a voice for teenagers in care and for care leavers. It is somewhere you can share stories, experiences and achievements, get and give advice, and find loads of great free stuff!
Children's Rights in England [external link]
- Darlington Borough Council have signed up to the Care Leavers Charter [pdf document]
- WhatServices are there for Care Leavers?
When I get older do I have to leave my Foster home?
- There are some changes called Staying Put that allows young people to stay where you are until you are 21. What does it mean for you [pdf document]
Your pathway plan says how the council will help you prepare to live independently
- What’s a pathway plan and why is it important? [pdf document]
The council has a duty to provide the following financial assistance once you turn 18
- Financial support for Care Leavers [pdf document]
Are you willing to accept support and do not want, or are not ready, to live alone?
- Supported Lodging what is it who is for? [pdf document]
Stay safe when using the internet and other forms of electronic communication
- nspcc online safety pages [external link]
- Our Safeguarding pages
- Childline's online safety pages [external link]
- Safety links on games consoles and other gadgets around the home [external link]
- Young peoples rights on social media [external link]
What is an IRO and what is a Looked After Review?
- What is a Looked After Review? [pdf document]
If you are not happy about something what can you do?
- Contact the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS), they can support and listen to you if you feel your wishes and feelings are not being heard by anyone, NYAS website [external link]
- The NYAS app is available on Android [external link] and Apple devices [external link]
- How do I make compliments, comments and complaints about children's social care?
Why not join Darlo Care Crew?
If you are aged 9 and above and in care in Darlington you can join Darlo Care Crew. If you want to know more about “Darlo Care Crew” or want to take part in helping to change things for the better you can get in touch with us through
Other useful links
- BECOME [external link]
- Childrens social care
- Looked After Through Care Team
- NYAS [external link]
- Unicef - Convention on the Rights of the Child [external link]
- Children's Commissioner [external link]
- National Audit Office Children and young people in care and leaving care [pdf document]
- National children's bureau [external link]
- Darlington Young Carers [external link]