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Encouraging the voice of the child during Engagement & Assessment

Event/course Code SFVSS 19/203
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction This course was specifically developed to meet the findings from 'The voice of the child: learning lessons from serious case reviews a thematic report of Ofsted's evaluation of serious case reviews from 1 April to 30 September 2010’ (Ofsted, 2010).

This thematic report published by Ofsted ‘highlighted the importance of seeing, observing and hearing the child’ (The voice of the child: learning lessons from serious case reviews, 2010), which makes this course all the more valuable, relevant and unfortunately still current. Over the last few years empirical data from research still indicates that children & young people's views are often not included or considered enough during engagement and assessment with families. Children are often marginalised in decision-making and portrayed in a rather partial manner in assessment reports. Children's Services inspections have recently criticised the lack of recorded detail/evidence of the child's views on their situation & family life.

This course is really valuable for anyone working with children and young people and as part of their role they are required to write assessments or reports. The session will be tailored to a multi-agency audience.
Event Content Last year there were 90,000 children involved in new cases in the family courts. The government believes that the voices of children and young people should be heard when decisions are made that affect them. Under new proposals this will change, and in particular all young people aged 10 and above will have a greater opportunity to have their voice heard’ (Gov UK, 2016).

‘A recurring message in serious case reviews is the important role of adults who are in a position to speak on behalf of the child’ (The voice of the child: learning lessons from serious case reviews, 2010), this course looks at equipping or enhancing skills of practitioners who work with children between the ages of 3-18 and their families, with an insight into how a child's views can be better elicited and heard as part of any assessment/decision making process.

Using a variety of tried and tested methods (activities, practical tools, video clips, case studies and worksheets) the course will focus on various tools and approaches to encourage purposeful and effective communication with the child or young person.

Delegates will learn how to listen to children and young people, ensuring they are made to feel valued and involved and be introduced to a checklist and other tools for involving children in an engagement/assessment process. The course will address the importance of empathy and the skills needed to respect, value and be non-judgemental in approach, and also identify why some children's views may be seen as more authentic than others.

The session will be delivered by Ted Daszkiewicz. Ted has worked with vulnerable & complex families in a variety of settings for over 16 years and has been delivering related training for 10 years to children and family services throughout the UK. He has experience at National level in designing assessment frameworks including most recently the Common Assessment Framework - CAF for children’s services. He was also part of the design team that produced and developed the national CAF & integrated working training materials.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the course practitioners will be able to:

• Identify the background legislation supporting the views of the child.
• Operate under effective principles for engaging with children & young people.
• Apply enhanced skills to be able to listen to younger children & understand how practitioners ‘silence’ children’s voices.
• Document that the child’s perspective is included within the assessment & decision making process.
• Apply specific tools & approaches to encourage communication by the child (significant element of the course).
• Analyse ways of involving children with additional needs including speech, language & communication needs.
• Identify how to appropriately & responsibly record the voice of the child in assessments.
Trainers Ted Daszkiewicz
Course categories Communication Skills
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
Event/course administrator training@achievingforchildren.org.uk
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Monday 20 January 202009:30 - 16:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY