Havering launches a new dedicated space for care leavers and children in care

Grand opening
The Cocoon. Logo designed by care leaver Rebecca Jordan, aged 20
Published: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Havering Council is launching The Cocoon, a support hub for children in care and care leavers.

The space will enable young people to develop key life skills in a safe environment, have access to training, receive additional education support, learn how to cook and receive support with housing and health.

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, and Havering Council leaders, will be supporting the grand opening, in conjunction with local Care Leavers, foster carers and young people on Tuesday 24 October at 10am, 38 High Street, Romford, RM1 1HR.

Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet member for Children’s and Learning, said:

“The concept of The Cocoon is unique. The Council-funded space was developed in partnership with children in care and care leavers, liaising with them throughout. Care Leaver Rebecca Jordan, 20, named the space and created the branding, while young people designed the layout and led on planning decisions at every step from selecting the kitchen to organising events for launch week.

“The Council has tasked itself with improving the lives of care leavers. We are also reviewing the care leaver financial package, with the aim is to reduce the current cash constraints that many care leavers face. The ambition is to become a regional centre of excellence for care leaving services.”  

To coincide with the launch of The Cocoon, the Council will be unveiling ‘Face to Face Pathways’, a two year innovation programme funded by the Department for Education. The programme is designed to improve outcomes for young people in care aged 11-17, as well as those leaving care aged 14-24. The Council is developing a social care system that allows social workers to spend more “face to face” time with children and families.