Anne and Anouk are the Champions
The YPOC Group have appointed two Children’s Champions for looked after children and care leavers. They are Councillor Anne Robertson and Councillor Anouk Kloppert.
The Champions have a particular responsibility for promoting corporate parenting across the council; for having an overview of how the council is meeting its corporate parenting responsibilities; and to meet with young people and the YPOC group to hear about the successes and challenges for looked after children and care leavers.
Councillor Alison Evison served as Champion up until this year. She has moved on and the YPOC Group would like to thank her for all the work she has done in this role. The YPOC Group appointed Councillor Kloppert to be a Champion in early 2019.
The YPOC Group’s Sarah, who was involved in the interviews for the new Champion said, “We really liked Anouk. She showed a real commitment to working with us to make sure she can do her best for looked after children and care leavers and make sure that everyone who is our corporate parent does the same.”
The young interviewers went through interview skills training to give them the skills they need to interview for these important posts.
Anne said, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Children’s Champion (North). I am looking forward to working with our looked after children and young people to develop plans which will create the best possible environment, with the appropriate support to allow each young person to thrive and do the very best that they can.
When appointed, Anne said, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Children’s Champion (North). I am looking forward to working with our looked after children and young people to develop plans which will create the best possible environment, with the appropriate support to allow each young person to thrive and do the very best that they can.
“As a parent of 4, now adult, children and a grandmother, I believe that the principles, values and support which I shared with and gave to my family apply equally to the children and young people in our care.
“It is in everyone’s interest to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of our looked after children and young people and I will be working hard on your behalf to communicate with and influence the decision makers in organisations in the local area.”
Anouk added that in being a Champion she believes she can do more to support Looked After Children and to be there for them.
She said, “Care experienced children and young people all have a right to feel cared for and loved, to thrive and have the best start in life despite difficult circumstances.”
Anouk pledged to meet with the YPOC Group to find out which things are going right, but very much which things are going wrong.
She added, “My group of Partnership councillors would be very keen to support me in being there for you and for you to be heard by all.”
Please feel free to contact Anne or Anouk (still the A Team) if you think there are ways in which Aberdeenshire Council could do things better for you. You can phone or text Anne on 0782 446 1997
You can email Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org
and Anouk on email@example.com
Councillor Anne Robertson
Councillor Anouk Kloppert