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Children In Care

Dudley's Children in Care Council

Dudley’s Children in Care Council (CiCC) is called Make A Difference (MAD) and is a group of young people aged 11+ years that have experience of being looked after.

We come from different backgrounds including foster care, residential care, independent and local authority and disability services. We have our say on issues that matter to us, and can make sure that we are heard by the people that make decisions.

We meet regularly to discuss issues important to young people who are in care in our borough. CiCC is supported by staff from Dudley Council who help the group to work together.

How we can make a difference together?

Visitors come to the meetings and ask us our opinions on things like leaflets, forms, new policies and services that are available to young people in care. We give suggestions on how to make what they are doing more interesting & better for young people.

‘Make A Difference’ has a direct link to Dudley Council’s decision makers to make sure young people’s views are heard and considered when they are making important decisions that will affect young people’s lives.

What do we do?

We do lots of different things which include:

  • Write and send newsletters, updates and questionnaires to young people
  • Represent young people’s views on issues that affect their lives
  • Organise events for young people in care so they can have their say
  • Work with other organisations to make sure looked after young people’s voices are heard
  • Have regular activities to celebrate our work
  • Attend events in the West Midlands and elsewhere in the country too
  • Have FUN!!

Dudley’s Children in Care Council want to hear from you!

By sharing, talking and listening to each other we will be able understand common issues and concerns being in care in Dudley can bring. Together we can work with the decision makers such as elected members, directors and heads of service to share these issues and find possible solutions together.

Getting in touch or want to get involved?

Getting in touch is easy using any of the ways below. We would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved or find out more information, have something to ask us or would like to tell us about.

If you are interested, please contact us:
01384 815174 or email