Knowsley Council’s Children Social Care service has retained its Investing in Children Membership status following an assessment by Investors in Children earlier this year.
The award recognises that Knowsley Council involves children and young people in the decision-making process to improve the service, engaging them in dialogue that leads to positive change.
To achieve membership, the team had to demonstrate how it engaged with children and young people, while children and young people were asked for their views on how they believed their input had led to changes within the organisation.
Assessors met with children and young people from M.A.D.E (Making A Difference everywhere, Knowsley’s Children in Care Council), ADAPT (Care leavers consultation and activity group) and Knowsley Young advisors (for Children’s Safeguarding Partnership).
During the assessment, these groups of children and young people highlighted how they were engaged with by the service and how their views helped shape outcomes. This included the return of face-to-face meetings and sessions following COVID-19, input into the Children Looked After Charter and how they had been involved in interview processes and in delivering training.
Some of the comments highlighted in the report included:
“We love delivering this training because we see how social work students feel after listening to our charter and also our key messages.”
“Sharing your voice makes you feel like it matters and that it makes a difference to the social workers of the future”.
“Some of us also wanted to go visit a youth club for autistic children so we got more awareness of it and that we could support our members who have autism. This happened!”.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Our care service is centred on the needs of the children and young people in our care, and a vital part of that is ensuring that their voices are heard, and they are engaged in the decision making that impacts them.
“The Knowsley Children’s Social Care team do fantastic work and it is clear from the comments in the report that those accessing the service are positive about its impact. I am delighted that this has been formally recognised with the Investing in Children Membership Award.”
The Investing in Children Membership Award™ Scheme recognises and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice with children and young people. Organisations applying for the award have to demonstrate dialogue with young people which leads to change. However, children and young people have to provide the evidence for the organisation and endorse the membership report because it is a children’s and young people’s award.
There are currently over 500 members across the UK and Ireland
Investing in Children was established in 1995 by senior managers from Durham County Council and the NHS. In May 2013 Investing in Children was spun out from Durham County Council to form a Community Interest Company – IiC CIC
For more information please log on to: www.investinginchildren.net