Welcome to Sheffkids

Home of Sheffield Children's Involvement Team

about us

Our origins...

The Children's Involvement Team (CIT) has come a long way since its creation back in 2003. At first, known then as Children's Voices (CV), it was established to find out children's views on the schemes and projects set up by the Sheffield Children's Fund.

CV's aim was to use fun, engaging and innovative techniques to communicate with children and allow them to give feedback on the service they were receiving. From this beginning, the CV team extended its reach into enhancing the participation and involvement of children and young people in all areas of their lives, becoming experts in communicating with children and young people of all abilities and ages.

CIT has now harnessed this experience to provide a wide range of projects and work all centred around the voice of the child, with a particular focus on children and adults upto 25 years old who are involved in the care system.

Our work

Find out about the projects we deliver

Our aim is to help ensure children, young people and care experienced people have a voice in the world around them. We also use our work to respond to national and local research with children and young people in care and care experienced people.



We provide advocacy for children and young people at Child Protection Conferences, as well as for all Sheffield children, young people and care leavers from 0-25yrs old. Click here for for more information.

To refer someone, click here.

To get yourself an advocate, click here.

Create & Change Groups

The C&C groups consist of the SUN Speak Up Now care leavers' group (SCLU), Sheffield Children in Care Council and the Little Children in Care Council. These groups encompass all of Sheffield's children and young people in care and care experienced people upto 25yrs old and gives them a chance to express their experiences and improve the care system through action and activities.

Independent Visitors

An independent visitor is an adult who meets with a child or young person who is in care, or who has recently left care, to do a fun activity together. This helps the young person to do what they enjoy and provides them with a positive adult role model. The consistent friendship helps the young person to build self-esteem, confidence and resilience.

Want to volunteer? Click here

Voice & Influence Team

This nationally acclaimed team help improve things for looked after and care experienced children, young people and adults upto 25 years old. The V&I workers support activities to share the views of care experienced young people and are commissioned to do pieces of work around voice and influence.  

For more info, speak to Clare here


CIT provide a range of training for individuals and groups on creative communication with children and young people. Fill out a form below and contact us to find out more about what we can offer you and your organisation.

Click here for details on our training packages.


All children have the right to have their view heard and for it to be taken seriously. CIT can plan and deliver consultations on your behalf to find out what children and young people in your setting think and feel. Contact us below to find out more information and prices.

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Explore our range of creative tools

We believe communicating with children and young people in a way they understand and in way which is fun is essential for effective working


See our range of publications, games and resources

about us

Meet the team

Clare Humberstone

Children's Involvement Service Manager

Email Clare

Angela Taylor

Independent Visitors Scheme Manager

Email Angela

Clare Holdsworth

Voice & Influence Team Leader

Email Clare

Sarah Nash

Children and Young People's Advocate & Children in Care Council Coordinator

Email Sarah

Max Bellwood

Children and Young People's Advocate & Communications Officer

Email Max

Sarah Javes

Independent Visitors Coordinator

Email Sarah

Siobhan Hargreaves

Children and Young People's Advocate & Little CiCC Coordinator

Email Siobhan

Ash Marshall

Independent Visitors Coordinator

Email Ash

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