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      Children’s Services teams and health and education partners worked together to deliver the Make a Noise consultation fun day for children open to social care in the February half-term holiday at Darwen Vale High School. 45 children and young people across the age range, 23 parent/carers and invited guests enjoyed a wide range of hands-on participation activities with 17 stalls.  Activities were designed to capture the views of children and young people to find out what is important to them and what they would like their corporate parents to get better at and prioritise.

      Facilitators enjoyed offering face painting, messy play, badge making, arts and crafts, photo booth, dance and a penalty shootout which was especially enjoyed by the older boys and supervised by a Care Leaver.

      The views captured will support the development of a new and updated corporate parenting strategy which will evidence the voice of the child and reach out to more young people across our service.  A new and refreshed ‘Children in our Care’ website is being developed so that burning issues can be listened to and responded to.

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