PROFESSIONALS are turning to the highest authority to find out how best to involve children in shaping their services.
Young people are leading training to help practitioners who work with children learn the best ways of involving them in decisions about their future.
The Voice of the Child training event, to be held at Clarendon Sixth Form College on Tuesday 13 March, has been organised by Tameside Youth Council in partnership with Tameside Council Youth Service, Clarendon Sixth Form College, Tameside College and Tameside Safeguarding Children Board.
Young people will share with professionals from social care, health, education and other agencies what is meant by talking to, listening to and involving young people to help achieve the very best outcomes for local families.
Charlotte Cooper, Member of Youth Parliament and leader of Tameside Youth Council said: “I am so proud to have been part of the consultation with other likeminded young people to ensure our views are reflected in this strategy.
“The training is a brilliant opportunity for professionals, who work with children and young people, to learn how we would like to be treated and the expectations we have from their service. This will give professionals a foundation to build upon in the future, improving their services and how they interact with children & young people.
“I am really looking forward to the event and hope that the professionals are keen to take on board our opinions.”
A spokesperson for Tameside Council said: “Child focused work means children feel listened to, plans are more successful and prompt decisions are made about safeguarding when necessary. Who better to train us in how best to involve and listen to children than young people themselves – it will provide really valuable learning.”
Further Voice of the Child training sessions are planned for the future. For details see www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk/professionals/multiagencytraining
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