Children and young people’s reports

Children and young people’s reports

As part of the QAF design process, we asked young people what safety, permanency, wellbeing and cultural and spiritual identity means to them.

An infographic called QAF - Child or young person's voice. A text alternative is available below.

A text alternative to this infographic is available.

They told us they want to:

  • feel connected to their friends and family
  • have people they can trust
  • have opportunities to reach their full potential
  • have a voice that is heard.

It is important that we engage children and young people in meaningful discussion, recognising that:

  • listening to children and young people about their views and feelings is a matter of rights, as enshrined in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • taking children and young peoples’ views into account will ultimately lead to better decisions, ensuring that services provided are relevant and appropriate
  • directly including children and young people in the QAF will help promote safety and security
  • not communicating with children makes them more vulnerable.

Being listened to, is in itself, of therapeutic value.

The QAF intends to use valid and reliable self-reports for children and young people to supplement carer questionnaires and other data.

The QAF has selected the following tools to trial: