We recognise the most important influence in a child’s life is family. Children who grow up with safe, stable and nurturing relationships form stronger friendships, develop greater resilience, achieve more in school and are more likely to build positive relationships throughout their lives.
We are child focussed in our intent but recognise that the most effective way to help and protect children is to work alongside the whole family. Therefore strengthening families is central to our aims as we know that families have greater capacity for change when we work with them as partners. This is part of an evidence based approach known asRestorative Practice.
We aim to embed a culture across our workforce where dignity and respect is the basis for our interventions. Every member of staff will understand the principles of Restorative Practice and its ethos will underpin all of our work and align to the borough vision of ‘Forging a Future for all’.
In the autumn of 2017 the Children in Care Council (Make A Difference) and Care Leavers Forum (Our Say, Our Way) were both keen to identify an issue affecting their peers and then work towards improving the situation by working with decision makers.
The groups felt that the survey’s options needed to relevant, and agreed that separate versions would be produced for 3 groups: 8-11 year olds, 12-17 years and Care Leavers; and it was also felt that there should be the option of completing the survey online. People would be asked to identify what they felt were the 2 most important topics affecting them from a list of choices, with the opportunity of adding additional issues under the ‘other’ option.