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Independent Advocacy

An advocate is someone who can help you to get your views across and supports you to have your say when decisions are being made about you. An advocate can give you information about your rights, help you have your say at meetings, speak on…

Mind of My Own

Mind of My Own is a quick and easy to use app or website that lets you share how you feel about your life, your workers, your meetings and the support you get. It is a great way to make sure your views go straight…

Access to Records

You have a right to see the information we keep about you, this includes the files and records written whilst you are or were in care. If the Leaving and After Care Team are still supporting you, you will need to speak with your Social…

The Children in Care Council

CiCC is a group of children and young people who are in care or who have left care and aims to help you have your say about the issues that are important to you. The CiCC meet every month, with support from the Engagement and…

Other Support Available in Bedford Borough

Refugee Council (British Red Cross) – Refugee Council will look at your needs and may be able to give one-to-one support. Depending on what services are available in your area, this could include help with: Understanding the asylum process Preparing documents, e.g. letters and applications…

Other Support Available in Bedford Borough

Post 16 Education Support Service – this service work closely with the Leaving and After Care Team to make sure Care Leavers are getting the right level of support. The Post 16 Education Support Service give advice and guidance on job searches, applying for further…

Types of Accommodation

Staying Put With your foster carer if you have been living in foster care and this is what both you and your foster carer wants. You are able to remain living with your foster carer until you reach the age of 21. The Staying Put…

Applying for Benefits

Your Personal Adviser will provide advice on the benefits that you can apply for and will support you to make your application. You might be able to claim some benefits, like Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit, Housing Benefit or Income Support, depending on your circumstances.…

Money Management

We want you to be as independent as possible, so your Personal Advisor will work with you to ensure that you are feeling confident to manage your money and budgets. This can include support to make sure you have arrangements in place to pay your…