Coram Voice teams up with Essex Police to support children in care
A new partnership bringing together Coram Voice, Essex Police and Essex County Council has been launched to improve the support and guidance available for children in and leaving care.
All children in care and care leavers up to the age of 25 years-old who come in to contact with the police or Essex County Council will be given the choice to be referred for advice, guidance or just someone to listen to through our Always Heard Service. Always Heard is available online, via phone, text or WhatsApp.
Andrew Dickie, Head of Services at Coram Voice who is leading the project said: “We are delighted to be working with Essex Police and Essex County Council in this ground breaking alliance to make sure children in and leaving care get the vital advice and support they need.”
Pc Mark Jones from Colchester Local Policing Team has been working closely with Coram Voice’s Always Heard service. He said: “Children in care are amongst the most vulnerable people in society. They are more likely to have mental health difficulties, less likely to be in education, employment or training and far more likely to end up in the criminal justice system. Our job as police officers is to help make these children safer, give them support and do everything possible to promote their interests. This new scheme will help us do that better.”
Councillor Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Protecting the safety and welfare of children in care and those leaving care, is paramount to our work across children and families’ services in Essex.
“I’m really excited to come together with partners in this way to ensure vulnerable young people have the right support they need, when and where they need it, that they feel empowered and are in a position to thrive going into adulthood.”
Find out more about our Always Heard service here.