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Essex Police launch partnership to help children in care

21 May Essex Police launch partnership to help children in care

Essex Police are teaming up with Essex County Council and the national charity Coram Voice to promote advocacy for children and young people in care through a new partnership.

All children in care and care leavers up to the age of 25-years-old who come in to contact with us or Essex County Council will be given the choice to be referred for advice, guidance or just someone to listen to through Coram Voice’s Always Heard Service. Always Heard is available online, via phone, text or WhatsApp.

Pc Mark Jones from Colchester Local Policing Team has been working closely with Coram Voice’s Always Heard service. He said: “Children in care are amongst the most vulnerable people in society. They are more likely to have mental health difficulties, less likely to be in education, employment or training and far more likely to end up in the criminal justice system. Our job as police officers is to help make these children safer, give them support and do everything possible to promote their interests. This new scheme will help us do that better.”