Hearing different voices is vital, so we have different ways of listening to our stakeholders.
Stakeholder Advisory Group
The group is representative of practice leaders, social work practitioners, parents and kinship carers and the community and voluntary sector. They meet periodically to advise the Senior Management Team and the Founding Board on What Works for Children’s Social Care’s research priorities, activity and findings. The group works together to bring their individual expertise to help steer What Works for Children’s Social Care.
Hearing the voice of children and young people
We are recruiting two Young Advisors who have lived experience of children’s social care to advise the Senior Management Team and the Founding Board about young people’s views and needs. Although we don’t expect young people to access the Centre’s evidence, as the ultimate beneficiaries of better evidence, they should have a voice in the management of the organisation.
Furthermore, we plan to engage a much larger group of children and young people online. More information on this coming soon.
Engaging Children and Young People in our Research
We want to know what children and young people think about our research. We want to know what’s important to them and how research could help answer their questions. Where we are doing primary research in local authorities, we will engage with children and young people in those communities to hear their views and explain our findings.
Reaching Out to Social Workers
We spend a lot of time talking to social workers, and through our polling project we are able to go even further, by capturing the views of large numbers of social workers quickly and easily. We regularly send out polls to our panel of respondents to help us better understand social workers’ attitudes and behaviours regarding important issues that impact practice and shape research. We want to hear from as many people as possible, so if you are an HCPC registered social worker and would like to sign up for polling please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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