LILAC is a standard. Well actually it's a set of seven standards and they're all about involving and listening to looked-after children and young people. We think we've found a way of standardising that particular aspect of our care services and we think that's important. We also think it's beneficial for all those concerned.

  Who It's For

Obviously it's for everybody but specifically it's aimed at the service providers themselves. So LILAC is for Local Authorities and other agencies that work with looked after children and young people. They are the ones who can be assessed and can display the LILAC Mark and certificate which indicates their level of standards compliance.

  How It Works

The concept is really simple. Your organisation requests an assessment, a LILAC team assesses your services then you display the resulting Mark and certificate to demonstrate your compliance with the standards. The more LA's and independent agencies that are involved the more children and young people benefit from a more standardised care system.

  Why It's Unique

Because LILAC is powered by ANV you can be sure that care-experienced young people are behind it. In fact the standards themselves were devised and are reviewed by care-experienced young people. Moreover, the actual assessments are carried out by fully trained care-experienced young people. It's exactly as it should be isn't it?

  What you get

Aside from a sense of pride and achievement you will receive:

The Mark

A successful assessment will be rewarded with an appropriate LILAC Mark which will indicate the level of compliance.

So if you met one standard your Mark will feature one lilac flower and if you were assessed as complying with two standards you'll get two flowers and so on up to a maximum of seven. So the example on the left indicates that four standards were met.

The LILAC Mark can be displayed on letterheads and other stationery, websites and anywhere else you choose.

The Certificate

You will also be presented with a beautiful LILAC certificate which you can proudly display on your premises for all to admire.

The certificate will also indicate the level of compliance revealed by the assessment.

The Report

Whatever the outcome of the assessment you will receive a full report of the assessors' findings which will be full of useful information and advice.

Should you fall short of any particular standard you will find recommendations which, if implemented, should ensure your success next time.

Even if you're meeting a standard you may find one or two 'good practice proposals' which you can use to further enhance your services.

They Say...

LILAC means to me that as a looked–after child I can help ensure all Social Services are keeping a brilliant standard. I feel as a LILAC Assessor I can make a positive change on other young people who come into care in the future.

(Hayley, LILAC Assessor, aged 17)

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