Have your say – Lived Experience

On 18th March, we shared our initial engagement plan (available to view in archive here) which had been developed by the Experts by Experience Board. Since then, the Review team has facilitated online events, joined workshops organised by charities and other organisations, and had one-to-one conversations with individuals.  This means we have engaged with hundreds of different people.

As set out in our engagement update above, there is no single format for you to be involved in the Review but some of the ways include

  • Expert by Experience Led Workshops
  • Workshops and events led by the Review
  • One-to-One Interviews
  • Regular Focus Groups
  • Discussions led by charities and other organisations
  • Design workshops
  • Online surveys

The Review team has also been working with Coram Voice’s ‘A National Voice Ambassadors’ to seek views from Children in Care Councils. You can find out more and get involved here.

I want to be involved, what should I do?

Our engagement moved to a new phase following publication of the Case for Change. This stage is about co-creating solutions and having a discussion about the issues raised in the document.

We previously invited people with lived experience and groups to sign up to working with us via an expression of interest (EOI) form which has helped us understand who wants to be involved and how.

Although the EOI form is now closed, people can still contribute to the review as an individual by completing the Case for Change feedback form 

People can also sign up to the Review led events. Our events calendar is here. Some events are being hosted with charities and organisations. Others are review-led and are open to members of the public.

If you are a service or group representing people with lived experience of children’s social care and want to get involved then you can contact the review via email: Review.childrenssocialcare@education.gov.uk 

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.

The Review has partnered with the NSPCC helpline and Childline to provide support to everyone (children, adults and families) participating in the Review who wishes to access it. This support is available pre and post event and includes:

  • 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 on the NSPCC and Independent Review websites
  • Support during Review led events
  • A commitment to responding to any safeguarding concerns
 

For more information please visit the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care support page for adults, or for children and young people .

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.