SpeakerBox is a forum for Southwark children and young people in care and care leavers up to the age of 21(or 25 if they are in full time education). We also include children who are privately fostered and children and young people who are from other local authorities but placed in Southwark.

We have a Primary Age Group (ages 6-11), a secondary age group (12 to 16/18) and a care leaver group (16/18 to 21/25).

What does the forum do?

SpeakerBox is a young people led forum where children and young people in care and care leavers can meet peers, talk about their experience of being in care and inform Council practice. We run a range of different activities, consultations and projects to get involved in. The forum is supported by a project worker and Children’s Rights Officer.

When do you meet?

We meet on a monthly basis, but the dates are set quarterly and can vary depending on school holidays. Please contact the team for updates.

Where do you meet?

Different locations in Southwark, please contact the team for updates.

How often do you meet?

Monthly, times vary.

How is this forum funded?

SpeakerBox is part of the Council.

Do you need to pay for this forum?

All events are free, and we often provide lunch or refreshments.

Is there any help when it comes to people travelling to the forum?

We can reimburse young people for their travel expenses.

Who to contact to join:

M: 07946 630 226 or 07718 130 451 (call or text)
T: 020 7525 3186
Email: speakerbox@southwark.gov.uk