We help make sure children's voices are heard band that they have a say in their future

 A young peoples group

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

The Children’s Rights Service supports young people aged 7 - 24 who have a social worker.

We provide independent advocates to help make sure young people’s voices are heard by their local council and that they have a say in their future.

We also provide Independent Visitors (IVs) to young people who are cared for by the council.

IVs are volunteers who are matched with a young person in care and meet up with them every two to four weeks to go out and spend time with them. They might go for a walk, go for a brew and a cake or take part in a local activity. They are completely independent and activities are centred around the young person’s interests.

If you would like to become an Independent Visitor, please get in touch.

Listen Up Group

Who are we?

We are a group of young people aged 7 plus who come together to share our ideas about how we can improve what it’s like to be in care..

What do we do?

The Listen Up Group meets every two to four weeks and we are a participation group for children and young people who are cared for by Rochdale Council.  Sharing our ideas and feedback helps to develop the services provided for cared for children and care leavers. The group is run jointly by the Youth Service and Rochdale Children’s Rights.

One project we have done recently is put together a video about bullying to highlight that some young people experience bullying because they are in care.

The Listen Up Group also produced a piece of artwork that represented our views and feelings about being in care with the support of graphic facilitation experts Deadcatdreaming

 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.

Every part of this piece of work has a meaning and you can find out more about this it and what it means by reading our report. You can also view the piece of art at Rochdale Library or at Rochdale Children’s Social Care, Fashion Corner, Drake Street.

Young people in the Listen Up Group have written about their experiences of being in care in a booklet Our Care Our Experience which you can download.

If you are a young person with a social worker, or you work with a young person, who needs help with rights and entitlements, you can contact us or the following agencies:

  • 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.

Who is this service available to?

Children and young people aged 7-24 who have a social worker. 

How to access this service

If you would like to be part of the Listen Up Group or want to access our other services please contact the team at any of the conatct details below. 

Contact details 

Area Manager: Joanna Hunt

T: 0161 633 5991 

Freephone: 0800 027 4431


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