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Our pledge and promises to you

The Pledge

In 2007, a British government white paper entitled ‘Care Matters - Time for Change’ called for all local councils in the UK to develop and publish a set of promises to all their children in care.  Lambeth Council responded by developing a set of 18 promises in consultation with its children and young people in care. We met with over 70 children in care and they helped to come up with the top 18 promises.

These promises, give children and young people looked after the guarantee that Lambeth Council will provide a consistent support from all its departments to improve their life chances and quality of life.
 
Lambeth’s Pledge was officially launched on the Saturday 21 February 2009 at the occasion of the Annual Award Ceremony celebrating the individual achievements of the children and young people.  On the 5 March 2009, the Mayor of London Boris
Johnson officially signed the Pan-London Pledge to all children in care at the City Hall.
 
We have lots of different information about the pledge that you can access. If you haven't seen one of these please ask your social worker.

The Lambeth Pledge

We Promise:

Staying Safe and Feeling Supported

  • To help you be safe and feel safe
  • To give careful thought to where you live so that you live in a home that feels like a home and live with a carer that really cares.
  • You will have a social worker who is there for you and will try to make sure they don't change too often.

Get involved, make a difference, Have your say

  • You will have a say, be listened to and treated with respect
  • To only make promises we can keep
  • We will provide you with information about what's happening with your care

Your Happiness and Well-being

We Promise:

Staying Safe and Feeling Supported

  • To help you be safe and feel safe
  • To give careful thought to where you live so that you live in a home that feels like a home and live with a carer that really cares.
  • You will have a social worker who is there for you and will try to make sure they don't change too often.

Get involved, make a difference, Have your say

  • You will have a say, be listened to and treated with respect
  • To only make promises we can keep
  • We will provide you with information about what's happening with your care

Your Happiness and Well-being

  • To listen if you are unhappy and to let you know how you can speak to an advocate
  • To help you stay healthy and well and go to a doctor, dentist, optician or other professional for help when you need to
  • To help you keep in contact with your family, friends, and people  and places that matter to you
  • To help you keep photos and memories about important people in your life and places you have been
  • To help you feel proud and strong with your own culture, language and religion
  • To encourage you to take part in family traditions and learn about and be involved with cultural and religious groups that are important to you.
  • To give you extra help if you have a disability or additional needs and to support  you to have your say and tell us what you need

Enjoy and achieve

  • To make sure your are provided with the best possible education and training and get extra help when you need it
  • To help you get involved in leisure and cultural activities that you enjoy and to have fun

Support for your future

  • To celebrate your achievements with you
  • To support you to develop life skills and grow up to become the best you can
  • To help you prepare to leave care and support you after you leave care so you have the best opportunities for your future