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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough

Listening, Hearing and Involving

Children have said that they need:

  • Vigilance: To have adults notice when things are troubling them.
  • Understanding and action: To understand what is happening; to be heard and understood; and to have that understanding acted upon.
  • Stability: To be able to develop an on-going stable relationship of trust with those helping them.
  • Respect: To be treated with the expectation that they are competent rather than not.
  • Information and engagement: To be informed about and involved in procedures, decisions, concerns and plans.
  • Explanation: To be informed of the outcome of assessments and decisions and reasons when their views have not met with a positive response.
  • Support: To be provided with support in their own right as well as a member of their family.
  • Advocacy: To be provided with advocacy to assist them in putting forward their views.
    (DfE Working Together 2015)

Stockton-on-Tees Local Safeguarding Children Board and Children & Young People’s Partnership have a framework that shows their joint commitment, belief and approach to the Voice of Child.

Download the Voice of the Child Framework.



The links below provide advice to organisations about why and how to engage children and young people and to seek, listen, act on and feedback on the voice of the child.



The links below will take you to reports presented to the Safeguarding Children Board or Children & Young People’s Partnership related to the Voice of the Child in Stockton.


Useful Web links

Young Childrens Voice Network – Listening as a way of life

Looked After Children and Young People in Stockton-on-Tees

Info 4 Care Kids - Your care, your rights.

Childline - There for you, whatever's on your mind. - The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is.

NSPCC - Every Childhood is worth fighting for. 

Signs of Safety - The Signs of Safety is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organised approach to child protection casework.

CAFCASS My Needs, Wishes and Feelings  - A guide for practitioners