The review’s initial engagement plan has been developed with the Experts by Experience Board. The plan is ambitious and there will be a wide range of ways to get involved with the review including:
- Workshops and events led by the review, and delivered in partnership with charities and other organisations
- Local discussions led by people with children’s social care experience
- Focus groups and one to one conversations
- Online surveys
As well as setting out how the review will hear your voice during the first few months, the plan also makes a commitment to offer everyone who wants to a chance to contribute – and to “take the review” to those with lived experience who are less likely, or unable, to proactively participate in one of our workshops or events.
You can sign up to attend our events by clicking on the relevant event in the calendar on this website. There are some events which you can sign up to now – and many more events and ways to get involved will be added soon and throughout the review so that everyone who wants to will be able to have their voice heard.
The review will also be working with Coram Voice’s ‘A National Voice Ambassadors’ to seek views from Children in Care Councils and plans to work with the National Children’s Bureau’s Expert by Experience groups comprising disabled children and young people, care leavers and parents. We want to work with other groups and organisations who can help us reach a wide range of voices and so if you have lived experience of children’s social care or work for an organisation that can help the review hear the views of other children’s social care experienced people, please get in touch!
We will shortly be setting out a separate structured plan for our engagement with the children’s social care workforce and other professionals who work to support children and young people.
What support is available to people who take part in the review?
At our events you will be sharing your experiences and views to help bring about change, which can bring up difficult feelings and memories. We are committed to making sure that you are given the support that you need when engaging with the review.
Some of you may already have individuals and organisations in your lives that you trust and who can provide that support, and we encourage you to use any existing and familiar support networks that are in place. However, where this isn’t the case, the review has partnered with the NSPCC helpline and Childline to provide support to everyone (children, adults and families) participating in the review.
The review’s engagement support provided by Childline and the NSPCC helpline is able to provide pre and post event support. These services can support you in the following ways:
- A dedicated helpline, available from 8am to 10pm on weekdays and 9am to 6pm on weekends.
- Support by email, web form or the Childline web chat
- Guidance and advice hosted on the NSPCC and independent review websites.
- Support during review led events
- Respond to any safeguarding concerns
For more information on the bespoke services available, including web chat and email, please visit the independent review of children’s social care support page for adults here, or the independent review of children’s social care support page for children and young people here. You can also speak confidentially to an independent qualified practitioner before, during or after the event by calling our free dedicated helpline on 0800 233311.