Why listen to the voice of children and young people?
Derby City Council and our partners have a legal duty to make sure that we provide children and young people in Derby with an opportunity to have their say.
This duty covers all children and young people; from those attending schools to those who may be receiving a specific service.
All Councils have a duty to listen to children and young people but we want to do more than just ‘ticking a box’. We strive to do more by, where possible, doing something about what they tell us. There are many mutual benefits with this:
- Services delivered will be child-centred that meets each child and young person’s individual needs.
- If they feel what they say matters this will build their confidence and self-esteem.
- There will be opportunities to learn new skills.
- They will become potential active citizens and engage in democracy.
- The outcomes for children and young people will improve.
- We will develop services that are ‘fit for purpose’
- Their imagination and 'out of the box' perspective will mean service design and delivery will be ‘innovative’.
- They will feel respected and valued.