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Children and young people

Page last updated: 13/04/2022


The role of the Virtual School is to promote the educational achievement of children in care, whether educated in Essex or placed out of authority. 

This is explained in the Welcome document.

For information about the Essex local offer for Care Leavers see the below link

Local offer for Care Leavers 

Britannica School

From the It’s My Life events and the Children in Care Council I have been told that some young people have difficulties getting help with learning. Your success in education is important to me and to help with this I have purchased a licence for you to access the Britannica® School - an award-winning online resource from Encyclopedia Britannica.​ To help you access this there is a supporting document and an e-safety guide​. A letter has been sent to you with details of the username. Click on the Britannica logo above to get started.

​All About Me

All About Me - factsheet Children and young people said that they find it difficult meeting and talking to new social workers and other adults that work with them.

These forms have been designed by the It’s My Life Children in Care Council​​ to address this. They should be used when a professional first meets a young person to help build a stable trusting relationship and open up discussions.

Using these forms help Essex County Council to meet its Pledge to children and young people: ‘to make sure you have a social care worker who will spend time with you and get to know you?’.

All About Me - activity form

All About Me - activity form for younger children​

My Time Respite Camps

Pirate Party for 8-12 year olds

Positive U 13-17 year olds


Support for children in care

Become, formerly known as Who Cares Trust, is a charity  for children in care and care leavers.

Helpful Factsheets for Young People Leaving Care:

These factsheets are also available in ​ArabicKurdish, ​PashtoTigrinya, and Vietnamese​


Are you considering going to university?

Unite Foundation​ has free university accommodation for the whole time at uni - 365 day accommodation at a selection of universities for care leavers. Please see the flyer and additional information​ for further details.

University Scholarship

Digital Citizenship from the Childrens Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner​ launches social media giants’ terms and conditions ‘jargon-buster’ to give kids more power in digital world. The links below are to a suite of age appropriate documents and teaching aids, providing simplified terms and conditions for social media apps and sites such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube and Snapchat

7 to 11 year old

11 to 14 year old

14 to 16 year old

CBBC Digital Rights​​​