Ways to get involved
Hearing Young People's Experiences (HYPE)
On the first Wednesday of each month, young people meet for an hour online using the Microsoft Teams. Costs like child care etc. can be covered and an attendance award of £5 per meeting is given to you just for talking. This is a group for young people to turn up and say it how it is; a chance to discuss positive experiences and problems you have had so things in general can improve.
Helping with Interviews
Any new workers within Children's Services have to be interviewed by young people first. You would be trained (gaining a qualification) and then would get paid £7.50 per hour to help ensure we get the right people working here.
We deliver training to staff on how to work well with young people and the potential impact if this does not happen. This is a whole day of training and is paid at £7.50 per hour.
Training Foster Carers
Every foster carer goes through initial training to become a foster carer. Part of the training is delivered by young people sharing details of what it's like and how to be a good carer.
Meetings at Parliament
5 times a year, children in care and care leavers are invited to parliament to speak to the Minister and other key people about what it’s like to be in care/leave care and share their views on what should change. We always take young people from the Isle of Wight. One care leaver has even been a ‘young expert’, sitting next to the minister and answering questions from other young people.
HYPE (formerly CiCC) are always trying to improve links with other participation groups. Particularly the IOW Youth Council, the NHS ‘Check It Out’ group and the Short Breaks – Young Inspectors Programme.
Come Dine With Us
Once a month, young people are invited to take part in a social cooking group. It's a chance to get to know other young people, learn cooking skills and also how to eat on a budget. Some young people have said it has helped their confidence and even helped them getting a job.
Young People said that being able to speak to other young people that have had similar experiences might help them through a tough time or difficult experience. Children’s Services offer a qualification for young people to become mentors. If you would like to become a mentor or think you could benefit from having a peer mentor then get in touch with the Rights and Participation Officer - Steve.
You can email by using the online Send a message to service form or call us using the telephone numbers found in the 'Contact' tab above.
Have your say
Your opinions count and we can use your feedback to help us improve our services. Have your say, and by giving us your feedback about your experiences we can understand what we are doing right and the things you are not happy with. If you would like to let us know about your experiences then please complete the online feedback form.
Please note: it will only take a short time, but you will need to login to your 'My Account' or create a 'My Account' if you haven't got one, in order to complete the feedback form. Instructions on how to do this will be given when you click the link above to complete the feedback form.