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Engaging children and young people in group decision making

Project Team:  Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh and Andrew Gillies, City of Edinburgh Council

This action research project is a partnership project between the University of Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council Social Work Department.  The project aims to improve children and young people's participation and engagement in the Looked After Review process in the hope that this will better support children and young people to feel listened to and informed.  Ultimately it is our contention that children and young people who understand and are able to participate in formal decision making processes will feel more valued and more secure about their care arrangements.

The first phase of the project explored the problem of children and young people's participation in Looked After Reviews.  The second phase of the project will test out interventions aimed at improving the frequency and quality of children and young people's participation in the Looked After Review process.  The intervention will be carried out by Reviewing Officers from the City of Edinburgh Council Reviewing Team.  Evaluation will take part in partnership with the Reviewing Officer team in order to faciliate reflection and further action.

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