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So what is YEGS?

‘Young Experts Group – Southend’ , or ‘YEGS’, is the new Looked After Children's Council, which encourages Young People that are involved with the Local Authority to be part of changes and development for Southend Borough Council.

The YEGs are involved in consultation and development on a variety of services that are offered to Young People who are ‘looked after’.

The YEGS group is open to Young People from the ages of 11-18, who are currently accommodated by Southend Borough Council.

However, we will be developing this group so that we are able to have a wider age range taking part in different forums, including:

  • a group for 5-10 year olds
  • a group from 11-15 year olds
  • an older group from 16-18/24 year olds

We are also planning to develop several forums for children and young people to be part of within the coming months, irrespective of age, gender, background or involvement. The YEGS have been instrumental in seeing this to its fruition, and will continue to grow and develop the group to its full potential.

Want to get involved?

If a young person is interested in joining us, a home visit can be arranged to discuss how the council works, what we do, and how they can contribute towards this.

Click here for contact details!


We are happy to work with foster carers in ensuring that transport can be arranged and the young people can be supported to take part in as many activities as they would like to. Click the link above for more details.

Have YOUR say about YOUR care

Our YEGS group are responsible for helping develop services in Southend, changing the way social workers interact with children, how meetings are held, and what part the young person plays in the services they get.

It would be great to get together to talk about this, and you could be part of a consultation group that could actively change things for yourself and other children coming into and leaving care.

Your opinions matter, and we would love to hear about your experiences.

As children in care, you are experts in what ‘care’ means, and what is good – and bad – about it!

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