A child's wishes and feelings should be ascertained before making decisions affecting them and their care, and a written record of their wishes and feelings should be maintained - as stipulated in section 22 of the 1989 Children's Act.
The guidance and regulations available in the associated resources on this page, are to help ensure local authorities consider this at a strategic level - both through the directors for children's services and council lead members for corporate parenting and through high quality Independent Reviewing Services.
The Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) handbook has been developed to provide information on the local authority's responsibility for managing their IRO service. The enhanced role of the IRO needs to tackle the every day practice elements of ensuring a child’s wishes and feelings are taken into account during their review.
This guidance clarifies the role of the IRO in providing constructive challenge to local authorities to ensure actions agreed as part of care plans are carried out, and a child’s wishes and feelings are taken in to account during case reviews.
Training materials on taking the voice of the child into account can be downloaded from this page.
A report of children's views - published by the Children's Rights Director for England.
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Information for IRO's on supporting those with additional communication needs.
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This document provides guidance on the delivery of a training course to ensure that the wishes and feelings of children and young people are taken into account during the care planning process.
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This Powerpoint presentation provides slides for a training course to ensure that the wishes and feelings of children and young people are taken into account during the care planning process.
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This report identifies good practice that developing Children in Care Councils can use to improve their function and impact on services.
This guide describes the government's 'Independent reviewing officers handbook', which tells independent reviewing officers what they should be doing for children and young people.
IRO handbook: Statutory guidance for independent reviewing officers (IROs) and local authorities on their functions in relation to case management and review for looked after children.
Revised statutory guidance about the roles and responsibilities of the Director and Lead Member of Children's Services.
Statutory guidance for local authority children’s services on representations and complaints procedures.
Statutory guidance on providing effective advocacy services for children and young people making a complaint under the children Act 1989.