Children’s Feedback Event13 November, 2018
Our Beverley office recently requested feedback from our looked after children, as a part of our Children’s Communication Project, in an attempt to improve future care and support for the young people coming into our care.
Over 20 children and young people took part at a children’s consultation.
The Children, aged between 8 and 18 years old, gave ideas on top tips to be a foster carer, suggestions for activities for next Summer and overall a clear child centred reminder to ensure that children and young people’s views and ideas need to be sought and listened to as an ongoing process.
The Children felt that overall we made them feel “happy” and that the activities they provided were “great fun”. One particular child said: “Orange Grove has given me the chance to come out of my shell and to believe in myself.”
The next step from the consultation will involve the development of a young person’s group to support child centred practice across our Yorkshire team.
Craig Clark, registered manager for our Yorkshire office, commented: “The children’s consultation event proved to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening. Overall, the feedback we received was extremely positive from both foster carers and the children and young people.
“Children’s welfare is paramount to us, we promote a child centred approach and encourage every child to maximise their potential, therefore, exploring individual experiences is essential for delivering the best care we can.”
30 foster carers were also in attendance and were occupied by a guest speaker, Ian Bolton, from the Hull based Freedom Road Creative Arts project who spoke to carers about the power and influence music and the arts can have in children and young people’s lives.
Children and young people were entertained by local Magician Rich Reynolds, who performed a number of tricks and taught the young people how to perform magic.