Views, Wishes and Feelings
Consultation and working ‘with’ children
We emphasise collaboration when working “with” young people, rather than doing things “to” them or “for” them.
There are a number of ways in which young people can express their views, wishes and feelings. This means that young people can be effectively involved in decision making and planning.
We know that relationships matter and young people are more likely to express their views when they feel listened to. Each child will have a key member of the team who act as a main point of contact, however we remind young people that they can talk to anybody to express their views.
In addition to informal discussions, we have developed a Consultation series called “Views”. This is an easily accessible system that allows young people to record their views on a range of topics, such as “moving in”, “feeling safe”, “menu selections”, “complaints” and “activity choices”. The “Views” documentation is also available for the staff team, professionals and significant others who are involved in the lives of the child.
The documentation that we use is designed to ensure participation and maximise input from young people so that they are truly involved in their care and decisions that affect them.
Anti discriminatory practice and children’s rights
We recognize and welcome diversity, challenging all forms of discrimination in terms of employment, direct work with young people and overall service delivery.
We champion the rights of the child and ensure all children enjoy the rights and freedoms as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. All children have the right to feel safe, happy, cared for and listened to.
We recognise that everybody is different and take into consideration a range of cultural, religious and identity needs when working with young people.