Consultation Principles

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

Consultation is about talking with and listening to children, young people and their families and carers, and then responding to the issues that are raised during discussion with the child and / or their family.


Consultation is a two way process between the child and the adult

Consultation can take place in a one to one discussion with a child or young person, or in small groups.

Consultation is often seen as something that needs to be planned and happen in a formal setting, but it can happen in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Listening to children and young people can take place in almost any setting from the dining room to trips in the car.

When the child and their Link Worker are in discussion it is often a good time to raise issues or encourage the young person to give their opinion on a situation.

Children should be encouraged and supported in making decisions about their own lives.

They should be encouraged to become involved in the way the home is run and to contribute in house meetings.

Children's opinions and those of their families is vital part of the direct work undertaken by the child's Link Worker and the Home Manager.

Systems should be set up to assist this communication between the child and the Home and the parents / carers and the Home.

These should including the Link Worker undertaking direct work with the child and interviews and discussions with family members, where necessary written agreements can be used to confirm the decisions made as part of the discussions.

Regular house meetings should be held with the young people and staff and where necessary the staff should make use of the services provided by RAPP (Rights and Participation Project) who can assist in consultation over particular issues which may need to be sorted out.

The children's views on should be sought on the everyday matters in the home and not just about any big issues.

Children need to be supported in expressing their feelings about living in the home. They should be given access to a Children’s Rights Officer and/or an Independent Advocate. Children will also be given information about how to contact the Children’s Commissioner.

Care staff must encourage children and young people to make use of the following to express their views, opinions, wishes and feelings:

  • Reviews;
  • House meetings;- to be held weekly;
  • RAPP (Rights and Participation Project) will facilitate house meetings on a monthly basis;
  • One to one time with their Link Worker;
  • RAPP (Rights and Participation Project);
  • Rota Visits;
  • Inspections.