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Children in Care Council and Care Leavers Forum

What is a Children in Care Council?

York's Children in Care Council exists to make sure that all children and young people who are cared for by City of York Council have the chance to share their views and help shape and influence the services which affect them and other children and young people in care.

Our groups

Show Me That I Matter (SMTIM) - York's Children in Care Council

For secondary school aged young people

SMTIM's aim is to discuss important issues in a fun and creative way. If you would like to meet other young people and help make a difference by sharing your views and ideas then this is the group for you!

For further information about SMTIM contact Michelle on 07770 704756 or

I Still Matter (ISM) - York's Care Leavers Forum

For young people aged 17-25

ISM is a group for care leavers that aims to offer practical solutions to a variety of issues that affect all care leavers. I Still Matter will support you to express your views to help make the transition from care to independence a better experience for you and others.

For further information about ISM contact Sophie on 07983 951839 or


Do I have to attend a group to get involved?

No, you can be a member of York's Children in Care Council without attending a group. Your views and experiences are really important and we would love to hear from you.

How can I get involved?

You can share your views in lots of ways, including speaking to us directly, commenting on our social media groups or sharing your views through text or email. There are also opportunities to get involved in projects, delivering training or being a member of a young person's interview panel. You can get involved with as much or as little as you like. 

What are the benefits of getting involved?

You will have the opportunity to develop lots of skills and gain confidence in areas which will enhance your CV and we can also provide you with a reference. You will also be financially rewarded for your contribution using our reward and recognition scheme.