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 for young people aged 7-12 years and is one-off fun events during half term holidays to engage younger children in fun activities while collecting their views.
MAGIC Group - The MAGIC Group is for young people aged 12-17 years. The young people meet fortnightly as a working group, they are involved in recruitment and selection of staff as well as other fun activities.
Care Leavers Council - The Care Leavers Group is for young people aged 18 years and over. The young people meet monthly and their main role is the influence and scrutiny of the MALAP (Multi Agency Looked After Partnership).
All of the people who are involved in your care want you to be safe, happy and achieve your aims. As corporate parents the Council promises to always try to make decisions with you rather than for you and make sure you are listened to and that your point of view is understood.
The Council as corporate parents promises to:
Do the best we can for you
Do all that we can to make sure you feel safe and happy in any placement you are in
Ask adults to listen to your views
Support MAGIC (Children in Care Council) to represent the things you want to say
Provide you with the opportunity to lead a healthy lifestyle
Make sure you are visited by your Independent Reviewing Officer in private and in a place where you are comfortable
Make sure you are supported by your carers to help you keep things that are important to you
Give you a good education and make sure you have everything you need for school and college
Give you good hopes for the future and support you to try and achieve them
Help you grow and learn how to look after yourself in your future life
As corporate parents the Council will do their best to:
Make sure you are supported to develop good relationships with your carer
Make sure, when it is safe to do so, you keep in touch with people who are important to you
Make sure you are not living too far away from your family and friends
Make sure you are supported with training and employment choices
Help you fulfil your ambitions for yourself for the future
In addition to this the Care Leavers Charter has been developed which promises that South Tyneside Council will:
Respect and honour your identity - support you to develop your own identity and maintain contact with your birth family
Believe in you - keep believing in you and encourage your aspirations
Listen to you - listen to your views and opinions and if you can't do something, be honest with you and explain the reasons why
Inform you - keep you informed and give you the information that you need at different points in your life
Support you - by being there for you and will not judge you at times of crisis
Help you find a home - whether this is staying in foster placement beyond 18, returning home to your birth family or living independently
Be your life long champion - help you to understand what is happening when you leave care and guide you on the right path
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.
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).
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.