Headlines: April 29th, 2002

Children in care will soon have their own CareZone where they can help with the development of a virtual world. The CareZone, which is being developed by the Who Cares? Trust, will be piloted by Birmingham City Council and the London Borough of Hounslow. Some 60 other councils have expressed an interest in delivering the Zone to children in their care. There are some 60,000 children and young people in the UK who are separated from their families and living in residential or foster care.CareZone will include smart card security access and a personalised interactive virtual CareZone environment which will allow them to build relationships with carers and other children and so reduce feelings of isolation. It will also provide secure space where they can digitally store items of personal value. There will also be a contact management service with one to one support, continuous secure online consultation and access to developmentally appropriate education and health information.

Carers and professionals in participating councils will also be able to access the CareZone Community Site where they will receive the latest information on CareZone and the delivery of care to look after children.

CareZone is a 12 million pounds project with initial funding by the Department of Health, the Department for Education and Skills through a Capital Modernisation Fund Grant and by the Community Fund as well a number of trust and individual donations.

Link: http://www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk