Child's voice

Child's voice

The child's voice is a phrase used to describe the real involvement of children and young people. It means more than seeking their views, which could just mean the child saying what they want, rather than being really involved in what happens. Lord Laming said of Victoria Climbié that no-one could describe a day in her life. Children and young people should have the opportunity to describe things from their point of view. They should be continually involved, and have information fed back to them in a way that they can understand. There should always be evidence that their voice has influenced the decisions that professionals have made. Ask yourself: Do I see the child as an active partner who can usefully add to what is being set up, or do I see them as a passive victim who needs to be saved?. The answer may not be at either extreme, but the more you see the child as a passive victim, the less they will be able to influence events.