Allowing Children to chair their Statutory Reviews
Looked After Children can find Statutory Reviews intimidating and often feel that they are outsiders in discussions that impact on their welfare and progress. By enabling them to chair their own reviews they are in the driving seat and feel empowered. They are not pressurised into participating in the project but encouraged to give it a try with training and support. It is extremely successful with a growing number involved across an age range from a young as eight years. The project makes a real difference, gives increased confidence and has helped to motivate several young people who have had particular difficulties. Feedback has been extremely positive from both the young people and the adults involved in this new approach to reviews. Combined with the ‘Get it Sorted’ programme as part of our Corporate Parenting approach the project provides real involvement for Looked After Children in issues affecting their lives.