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Children in Care Council

MAGIC - Making A Great Important Change

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MAGIC is South Tyneside Council's Children in Care Council, it was established by children in care FOR children in care.

The Children in Care Council represents all children in care and Care Leavers. There are three strands to the Children in Care Council:

  • Mini MAGIC - Mini MAGIC is a fortnightly group for children aged 8 to 11 years. They plan fun events during the half term holidays to engage other children aged 5 to 11 years in fun activities whilst also collecting their views.
  • MAGIC Group - There are two MAGIC Groups for young people aged 12 to 16 years. The young people meet weekly, they have been involved in various projects to help make important changes to the lives of children and young people in care. They also take part in fun activities and attend an annual residential.
  • Care Leavers Council - The Care Leavers Council meet once a month. It is for young people aged 16 years and over who strive to make changes and improve services within South Tyneside that are available to care leavers. 

All of the people who are involved in your care want you to be safe, happy and achieve your aims. Read more about our promise to you.

MAGIC's 'film in a day' explains what MAGIC is and highlights priorities for looked after children in South Tyneside:

Our commitment to avoid unhelpful changes in your life

The Magna Charter is our commitment to avoid unhelpful changes in your life. If changes do happen, we promise we'll help you understand what's going on and make sure your views are listened to.

Find out more about our Magna Charter.

Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch with the Children in Care Council or find out more about joining the group you can:

Telephone: Suzanne Thompson (Participation and Engagement Worker) on 0191 424 7780


Follow South Tyneside's Participation Team on Twitter @ParticipationST and Facebook Participation in South Tyneside


In November 2017, Ofsted inspected children's services in South Tyneside. Read our Ofsted summary for young people.

Question and answer session

As part of the 'Themed Week' we contacted looked after children and care leavers and invited them to send us questions to put to the Head of Children's Services (Shona Gallagher) and the Corporate Director for Children, Adults and Health (John Pearce).

To view the questions and answers, please see: Question and answer session with Shona Gallagher and John Pearce

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The best start in life

We're working to give the children of South Tyneside the best start in life.

Find out about our wide range of services for children and families. We want to build safer and stronger families, provide increased opportunities for enterprise learning and skills within healthier communities.

The best start in life

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