Children and young people have many rights that have been promised to them under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
The United Kingdom has signed the UNCRC, meaning that all children and young people in the United Kingdom have been promised these rights.
One very important right is the right for children and young people to have a say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.
As a council, we want to ensure that children and young people participate in decision making about services that we provide for them. We are especially keen to involve children and young people who might be classed as 'vulnerable' e.g. live away from their birth family.
If vulnerable children and young people feel that services are not listening to them, they can seek additional support from the Advocacy and Independent Visitor Service.
Vulnerable children and young people, who feel that they would benefit from one to one support from an adult mentor, can be referred to the Mentoring and Befriending Service.
If you would like more information about how we involve vulnerable children and young people in decision making, please contact us.