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£1.1M HIGH TECH SCHEME FOR KIDS IN CARE

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-- Hundreds of children in care to get computers and internet ...
-- Hundreds of children in care to get computers and internet

-- New website to be set up with kids' help

-- Training sessions for youngsters and carers

A pioneering£1.1m scheme to make sure every child in care can 'log on' is underway.

C-Net is a two year project which will see more than 600 computers sent to residential and foster homes. The plan is that all Liverpool's children in care will have a computer in their home.

At the same time a brand new website is being created for children, foster carers and social workers. Young people are helping develop the site, which will go live in November. It will give information on everything from health to leisure, education, news and events. And there will also be message boards and the chance for young people to contact the city council with their views.

Liverpool City Council executive member for social services Cllr Jeremy Chowings said: 'This is a fantastic development. It's vital that our young people in care have the same access to PCs as everybody else. There's no denying that to get on in the world you need to be computer literate these days, and that's exactly what we're setting out to achieve.

'On top of this we want the youngsters we look after to be right at the heart of the city council and helping us set our agenda. We're listening to what they want and making sure the website's designed with them in mind - and with their help.'

There are around 1,100 children in care in Liverpool. The scheme is being paid for by a government grant for 'genuinely innovative' projects. Liverpool's was the fourth largest grant in the country.

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