Voice in Assessment

When completing an assessment, it's important that the voice of every family member is present within the assessment. By 'family member', we mean those within the family home, as well as any extended family and friends that have a significant impact on the family.

Children want to be respected, their views to be heard, to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and to have consistent support provided for their individual needs. This should guide the behaviour of professionals. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs. 
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

Voice of the child

Practitioners should ensure that the voice of the child is present within assessment; this includes the voice of pre-birth and pre-verbal children. The guidance document 'Hearing the Voice of the Child in Assessment' provides some useful tips on how to gain the voice of all children from pre-birth to 18 years.

What counts as 'voice'?

Voice isn't just what is said. Non-verbal communication, such as body language, facial expression, drawings and artwork, physical appearance and behaviour, can tell us a lot as well.

Training

The Whole Family - Listening to Everyone is a 3 hour course which aims to raise awareness of the variety of voices that need to be heard in assessments. The course provides practical guidance on gathering the views, wishes and feelings of all family members, but mainly children and young people. You can book your place using the online booking form.

The Local Area Team also offers bespoke training, and this can take place at a time and venue to suit you and your agency.

Contact the Local Area Team on 01904 551900 or lat@york.gov.uk for further information on training courses or bespoke training.

 

 

York Family Information Service

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