Participation Audit Toolkit
The Participation Audit Tool launched in September 2017. It is an essential resource for statutory and voluntary agencies, across health, education and social care to evidence and develop their participation practice and outcomes. In particular, it will support effective implementation of Part 3, Section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014. The standards of this audit tool are based on young people’s self-developed Participation Ingredients, which came out of the VIPER project in 2012.
You can access the toolkit here: https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-res...
Support more young people to have their say
We know that not all young people can or want to join advisory groups, that is why Making Participation Work has launched the Hot Topics series. Every couple of months we post a series of questions on a specific issue on our Hot Topics page for all disabled children and young people and those with special education needs to discuss and send us their views and opinions. The next Hot Topic is due to launch very soon. Keep an eye on our page for more info (https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/flare-ho...) or contact email@example.com to join the e-alert list.
Mapping SEND participation
At the regional event we also talked about how the Making Participation Work team wants to better understand the range of participation opportunities that are available for disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs in England. We want to know the range of opportunities that exist to support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs to participate in decision making at any level. These opportunities may include being part of young people’s groups run by statutory agencies, including local authorities, health, social care and education bodies; or they may be children and young people’s groups run by voluntary organisations.
Whatever the participation opportunity you provide, no matter how big or small, please tell us about your group and share your successes with us. You can share your information with us using either the attached spreadsheet or via this survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MPWmapping
Keeping up to date
Join the Making Ourselves Heard mailing list to receive our monthly e-newsletter and keep up to date with the latest SEND participation news, good practice, resources and events. We will shortly be launching our online forum, a space for all participation professionals and those supporting young people’s voice, to share learning and resource and discuss legislation. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you want to subscribe.
Young People’s conference
The Making Participation Work children and young people’s conference will bring young disabled people and those with SEN together to learn about their rights, why sharing their opinions matters, and to discuss their experiences of participation. We hope they will inspire each other to get involved in decision-making.
The conference is being developed with young people’s input, and a range of fun, accessible workshops will be delivered by different disabled children and young people’s organisations working in the sector. We look forward to welcoming up to 80 children and young people, aged 12 - 25, with a range of backgrounds and experiences to share and learn more about participation and how they can make the most of their rights.
You can register your young people to attend via this link: bit.ly/2iD8Pzb