Rights and Voice

What is important to children in care and care leavers?

The questions in our surveys were developed with children in care and care leavers, to reflect the things they felt made their lives good.

Children and young people stressed the importance of understanding their rights and entitlements and feeling informed about and involved in what happens in their lives.

The questions we ask about rights & voice include whether children and young people feel:

  • The reasons why they are in care have been fully explained.

In addition, children in care are asked about whether they:

  • Feel included in decision making.
  • Know they can speak to their social workers alone.

We also ask care leavers whether they:

  • Feel involved in pathway plans.

How are local authorities supporting children and young people’s around rights and voice?

To read more about what children and young people feel about their lives and their well-being, have a look at our publications and news items.

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