Consultation with Children and Young People

Year: 2013
Topic: Corporate parenting, Residential care, Voices of young people
Author: Who Cares? Scotland

The voices of children and young people in care need to be clearly heard in relation to the
strategic commissioning of residential care services.

Embedding rights and user involvement in commissioning processes would ensure that young
people are involved meaningfully in their care and their aspiration of care being done ‘with’
them could be realised.

Children and young people feel they benefit from their residential care experience, citing a range of areas in which they feel they have improved.

The greatest benefits appear to be around safety, improved engagement with education and personal development.

The weakest areas appear to be around inclusion and being respected.