CH EVR 001

Voice of the child: Evidence Review (2015)

Published: 02/12/2015

Author: Atkinson M, Binns M, Featherstone B, Franklin A, Godar R, Hay J, Stanley T, Thomas N, Wright A


It has never been more important to ensure that the voices of children and young people inform our work. Strategic leaders and commissioners, service managers, and frontline practitioners are all having to try and find ways to deliver vital and effective support to children and families with increasingly reduced resources. Children and young people’s views are integral to evidence-informed practice; their expertise is a vital source of knowledge and respecting their experience is fundamental to social work values. Professional expertise in supporting sustainable change in children’s lives through direct work is inextricable from listening and responding to children and young people.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Lead and govern excellent practice | Designing a system to support effective practice | Support effective decision-making | Promote and govern excellent practice | Purposeful and effective social work | Relationships and effective direct work | Communication | Child development

PCF - Professionalism | Values and ethics | Diversity and equality | Critical reflection and analysis | Intervention and skills