The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 12 states that every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life. To read more, please click here.
In Cambridgeshire our SCR on Child K included the following:
9.49 It is appropriate to consider how Child K's voice was heard and responded to during the course of agencies' involvement with him. There are examples, quoted in the agency reports, of workers identifying his mood via his responses to them and to Mother. It is also apparent from the discussion at the Practitioners' Event that his individuality and personality were recognised and responded to by those professionals who knew him best. Nevertheless it is salutary to reflect that despite this, those professionals were not able to recognise that Child K was not receiving sufficient nourishment.
The Cambridgeshire LSCB believes that every child must be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting their welfare, either directly or through representative, and be responded to appropriately.
This section will provide resources for professionals to help recognise and respond to the voice of the child.