Join the Conversation - Involving children in child-safe organisations

Join the Conversation - Involving children in child-safe organisations

8 December 2016
Join the Conversation - Involving children in child-safe organisations

This webinar outlined practical tools and strategies for involving children in child-safe organisations.

Please post your comments and questions below.

This webinar considered the nature and benefits of meaningful youth participation in practice, and looked at tools and strategies that can help adults and agencies draw on children’s expertise.

The full recording of the webinar, along with presentation slides and a transcript, will be published soon. Subscribe to the CFCA newsletter to be notified when these resources are available.

Further reading and resources

The following Children’s Safety Study Reports are available to download from the Royal Commission website:

  • Moore, T., McArthur M., Heerde, J., Roche, S., and O’Leary, P. (2016). Our safety counts: Children and young people's perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns. Melbourne, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.
  • Moore, T., McArthur, M., Noble-Carr, D., and Harcourt, D. (2015). Taking us seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns. Melbourne, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.

The feature image is by Loren Kerns (link is external), CC BY 2.0 (link is external).

Comments

Thank you for an informative and engaging webinar. It is great to see the evidence supporting the idea that, when children and young people are given the opportunity to participate, their input and perspective is sophisticated, insightful and practical. The message seems to be that we really should learn to listen better. Not unlike with adults, we can start by acknowledging that kids have a legitimate voice and can provide answers of their own to these issues.
Kate
Thank you for sharing your research and ideas. As one who has spent years working with at-risk youth, what you reported on struck a chord of veracity with me. You spoke specifically about organisations, but I'm interested in hearing your thoughts about how we can take these principles further into child protection. For example, I have worked with young people who have begged to be left in stable, loving, safe foster homes but whose input has been (it would seem) ignored or dismissed. Is there space in policy to begin to push for government agencies and even the courts to take children's thoughts and voices in these kinds of situations more seriously?
Brett
Thanks for the excellent webinar. An aspect of particular importance for me, as it seems for other listeners, was the centrality of children's own perspectives. The webinar reinforced the importance of listening in a genuine rather than token way to kids have to say, giving them a chance to influence their own directions.
Stephen Bartos
Thanks for the informative presentation. Do you have any strategies to promote children's participation in these discussions, so that children want to be involved and recognise the value?
Anne
Thank you Tim and CFCA, this research has poitively highlighted and outlined why and how to go about talking and listening to children. I commend you and your team!
A.M.
Thanks everyone for your feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the project and am excited that workers and organisations are taking on board the things that children and young people have suggested. I will respond to individual questions separately, below.
Tim Moore
Hi Brett, there has been a growing commitment to ensuring that children and young people are given opportunities to feed into court processes. I'd suggest you check out Professor Judy Cashmore's work (https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/profiles/judith.cashmore.php). We still have a long way to go but there have been some great initiatives that have been developed. Megan Mitchell presents things that children have told her here: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/speeches/ever-seen-or-heard-voice-children-family-law-0
Tim Moore
Hi Anne - I think one of the key barriers to children's participation relates to their ambivalence about the extent to which their needs and wishes influence practice. Demonstrating to them that you value their participation, pointing to ways that you and your organisation will use their input and any policies that exist that oblige you to act might help allay their scepticism. Most powerfully, if kids see how you have already taken on board other children's views and, in your interactions with them, that you are committed to acting on their advice this experience may endear them more to the process. Children and young people felt that kids would be more likely to engage in processes if they understood that others had been involved in designing and implementing participatory activities and that others had already taken part. Hope this helps.
Tim Moore

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