We believe that it is important for children and young people to take an active role in the design and development of services provided for them. It is important that all young people have access to an effective mechanism through which they can influence policies, services and decisions that affect their lives.
Good practice identified by Ofsted shows that in some of the best examples, LSCB’s have focussed on a programme of initiatives involving children and young people. With this is mind we are working to develop our LSCB Young People’s Advisory Forum to provide a platform for conversations with children and young people about issues that are important to them.
This will involve young people age 12 years and up who have had experience of receiving support from services at a range of levels including Early Help, Child In Need, Safeguarding and Children Looked After. They will help us to ensure the voice of children and young people is listened to and taken seriously in all that we do.
We held our first meeting on Wednesday 18th February 2015. The theme for the first meeting was ‘emotional wellbeing’. The forum was well attended and the young people were able to learn more about the aims and objectives of the advisory group, there was information from speakers (Richard Simpson - LSCB Vice Chair), presentations and fun activities led by young people.
How can you support the project?
Going forward we are asking organisations to support young people to attend. They'll have fun, learn new skills and meet new friends whilst helping to improve children and young people's lives.
Please can you consider any young people who you are currently working with who may be interested in being involved in the forum and discuss their possible attendance. Don’t worry if they've not shared their views with others before. Young people will need to be supported in attending the meeting by an adult, so there will be an opportunity for adults to network at the event.