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Looked after children develop ‘coming into care’ packs

Published Monday, 24th February 2020

numerous items that could be found in "coming into care" packs.

Children in foster care have designed and developed ‘coming into care’ packs for others who are just entering care.

This great idea came from local children and young people who are in, or have been, in the care of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, as part of feedback on their experience of being in care and suggestions for improvements.

The age appropriate packs include toothbrushes, books, teddy bears, toiletries, toys and backpacks. To get the scheme off to a flying start, a cake sale was held at the Civic Centre on 14 February, and raised £183.

Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “I’m really touched at the awareness and thoughtfulness of our looked after children, to think of others in this way. Children and young people who are entering the care system can sometimes feel unsettled and find it difficult to adjust to their new situation. The welcome pack is one way we hope we can make things a little easier providing some useful and practical items that they might not have and also some additional extras, such as cuddly toys to make them feel more at home.”