SEND engagement with children and young people

Engagement with children and young people

What is participation?

Participation is the process by which children and young people influence decision-making, which brings about change in them, others, their services and their communities.

Children and young people say:

  • Participation is listening
  • Participation is getting everyone involved
  • It is getting the opinions from young people about what they want and need
  • It is being part of a team
  • It is making a difference

Why is participation important?

It is every child's right.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says all children have the right to have their say in matters that affect them.

It is the law

The Children Act, Children and Families Act and SEN Code of Practice all say children and young people must have a say.

To improve services

Listening to and involving children and young people who use services leads to the design and development of better, more relevant services.

To help democracy and community

Children and young people learn about democracy and involvement and are more likely to become active members of their community.

To keep children safe

It is vital that children and young people have a voice and are encouraged to speak out. Listening to children helps keep them safe.

To improve children's skills

Children and young people learn new skills around communication, negotiation, decision-making and independence.

To empower and enhance self-esteem

Children and young people become more confident. They feel proud of themselves, their involvement and their achievements.

To keep children safe

It is vital that children and young people have a voice and are encouraged to speak out.

Listening to children helps keep them safe.

To improve children's skills

Children and young people learn new skills around communication, negotiation, decision-making and independence.

To empower and enhance self-esteem

Children and young people become more confident. They feel proud of themselves, their involvement and their achievements.

Find out how children and young people in Bromley are participating...