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Evidencing the voice of the child

Recent research (Dillon, 2021) suggests that whilst workers across many professions and organisations are committed to hearing the voice of the child or young person, we often struggle to truly understand how they experience us and how they experience their life. We also struggle with how best to use their ‘voice’ to shape plans and interventions for they and their families. Learning from Serious Case Reviews echo these points.

Our 2 half day interactive group sessions for professionals working with children and families, will explore, through presentations, discussions and case studies a range of advanced skills to enhance direct work. We will help you to explore:

Session 1

  • The differences between ‘views, wishes and feelings’
  • The importance of ‘understanding, involving and explaining’
  • How to help balance competing rights- to be heard, to be safe, to take risks
  • The need to understand how the child sees themselves, us and the relationship
  • Grounding the child’s story in the assessment and case planning processes- using genograms and ecomaps

Session 2

  • Different ways of recording observations with younger children to enhance assessments
  • Applying child development and attachment theories to your direct work and observations
  • From drawings to meetings- the use of the ‘text-box’ in direct work
  • Feeding back and explaining decisions; going from meetings to text box, to drawings

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