LINX - Children in Care Council

LINX is Lancashire's Children in Care council. It stands for Listen Involve Negotiate Xpress. They are a group of children and young people working hard to give you a voice and to influence the way services are run.

LINX is run by Barnardo’s Participation Service, and commissioned by Lancashire County Council.

We influence decision making and make a difference to young people’s lives.

We hold regular meetings which are informal and fun. These meetings are open to secondary aged young people up to the age of 25. We also meet regularly with primary aged children, usually during the school holidays.

What we do:

  • Attend and take part in Lancashire County Council's Corporate Parenting Board and raise issues that are important to children in care and care leavers, such as the council tax exemption
  • Travel to London and other places to meet with MP’s and other organisations to speak about our experiences and opinions
  • Attend and train other young people on recruitment and selection and carry out speed interviews for new social workers and foster carers
  • Train new social workers throughout their induction process
  • Participate in a whole range of consultations and events including:
    • Organising and attending the PROUD awards, celebrating the achievements of children in care.
    • Planning and running a yearly participation conference.
    • Present training to social care teams and university students.
    • Sit on boards and attend meetings with Lancashire County Council, such as the Post Ofsted Improvement Board.
    • Meet with other Children in Care councils from across the North West

Barnardo’s also run the Care Leavers Forum for young people aged 17-25 years old.

More information

If you would like more information or would like to come along please contact Barnardo’s on 01772 629470 and ask to speak to a member of the Participation Team or see the newsletter on the Barnardo's website for meeting dates.

You can also visit the Include Me 2 Facebook page.