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What is VOS?

Vision of Success is Lambeth’s Children in Care Council (CICC). Every Local Authority in and out of London have been encouraged to have a Children in Care Council and Lambeth’s CICC started in 2005 and has continued to grow both in numbers and achievements ever since.
   
VOS is a group of young people who are in care and leaving the care of Lambeth. They meet once a month to discuss a variety of subjects, meet new people and have fun. The young people represent and speak on behalf of other children looked after to make a difference by creating ideas to improve services and outcomes.  We do this by working as a team and co-operating with each other.

Visions of Success Group vision Statement

The group have written their vision statement:

We have experienced life in care, and it is our aim to improve services for other children looked after.

We aim to reach out to other children looked after so our voice can represent them.

We aim to improve gaps in service delivery in Lambeth because we want children looked after to feel heard and to make their quality of life brighter. We want the experience of coming into care of Lambeth to make a positive impact on children’s lives.

What do Visions of Success do?

The group get to tell Lambeth Council what they think about its policies and how they care for young people.  Over tasty meal, discussions and games the group have made lots of great changes in Lambeth

VOS also meet with Lambeth Council’s Chief Executive Sean Harriss once every 6 months to talk to him about important issues facing children in care (he is the top boss of Lambeth Council!).

They also help us to do training with Social Workers and Foster Carers, and to sit on interview panels for new staff and services for looked after children.  It’s great! 

The group also go to the House of Commons in Westminster to meet with other looked after children from around the UK, and to lobby (to get the government to change policies) on important issues for looked after children (this is called the Associate Parliamentary Group).

This group meet with elected Councillors including the Corporate Parenting Board once every two months.