Programme Manager: Paul Maher
Team LeadersSuzanne Taylor, Children's Rights Service

T: 0161 633 5991

For more than 30 years, we've had a vision of support for children, young people and families in the Rochdale area. We provide specialist help for those who need it most.

Our project first opened as a family centre in 1983, and our work has developed to reflect local and national needs. 

We support young people in care aged 7-19. By providing advocates for the young people, we help make sure their voices are heard by their local authorities and that they have a say in their future.

We are independent from the Rochdale local authority. Our goals are to:

  • Support young people at reviews
  • Help young people talk to their social worker and/or carer about what they want for their future
  • Help young people with any serious issues they may have with their care.

We rely on the work of our independent visitor volunteers. To find out how to become an independent visitor, please get in touch.

If you feel a child should have the opportunity to work with us, please contact us. 

Listen Up Group

Who are we?

We are a group of young people aged 7+ who come together to share our ideas.

What do we do?

The Listen Up Group meets every month to discuss working with The Children's Society to make young people's lives in care better. We are a participation group for children and young people, helping guide the Children's Rights Service in Rochdale. Our ideas and feedback help develop the services provided.

In our group, we learn about children's rights and responsibilities, teamworking and skills. We discuss ideas to make sure our rights are met. From this, we can discuss these rights with our carers and Rochdale Children's Services and how they can help improve things for us. We can get references along with ASDAN awards for learning and skills because of our work. It is a fun group to be a part of and very rewarding to see the change that comes from it. We want our voices heard - we speak out for positive change.

There are opportunities to get involved in other groups, too. Some of our group members are also on the planning team for the Looked After Children Awards, CROA and take part in national conferences.

If you would like to know more about it or come to one of our meetings please call 0161 633 5991 or freephone 0800 0720 6383.

The Listen Up Group met to produce a piece of artwork that represented our views and feelings. With the support of graphic facilitation experts Deadcatdreaming, the group produced the wonderful piece of art depicted below.

 Rochdale Children's Rights Listen Up Group Art Work Project

To find out more about this piece of work and what it means, read our report.

Help for young people with rights and entitlements

There are agencies that can help children and young people in care and care-leavers, including:

  • The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) offers first-hand experiences along with information on topcs such as health, education, changing placements, keeping in touch, identity and moving towards independence.
  • The Who Cares? Trust is a voice for children in care. Everything they do is designed to improve the day to day experience of children and young people in care and leaving care.


Rochdale Children’s Rights Service
13-21 Brownedge Road
Holts Village- Oldham OL4 5QQ
United Kingdom
Phone 0161 633 5991
53° 31' 46.5096" N, 2° 4' 24.3984" W