What Children Tell Us A sample of research studies
Studies to find out what children say  <ul><li>Children Speak – Butler and Williamson, 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Your Shout! ...
Butler and Williamson (1994) – Who do children talk to about their problems? <ul><li>Many young people had no trust in oth...
Butler and Williamson – Young people’s view of social workers <ul><li>Lack of understanding  ‘ They don’t know nothing abo...
Butler and Williamson – What do children want from professionals? <ul><li>Good listener  – ‘not like a robot’ </li></ul><u...
Timms and Thoburn (2003) – What do children think of the court process? <ul><li>66% said they had someone helpful to talk ...
Shaw (1998) – What do children say about being in care? <ul><li>49% said coming into care was confusing and scary, and 31%...
Voice for the Child in Care (2004) – Relationships with professionals  <ul><li>Young people said they would like to see pr...
Voice for the Child in Care – Reviews <ul><li>Children and young people said they feel they are not involved in the conver...
Ask Us (2002) – Views of disabled children <ul><li>We want what other children want </li></ul><ul><li>We want to do what o...
Local information <ul><li>Surveys, group work </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits in finding out what children in your area think <...
‘ I feel social workers come and go a bit quick. I don’t care anymore. My latest social worker, I’ve already been told he’...
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  1. 1. What Children Tell Us A sample of research studies
  2. 2. Studies to find out what children say <ul><li>Children Speak – Butler and Williamson, 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Your Shout! – Judith Timms and June Thoburn, NSPCC, 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Remember My Messages – Catherine Shaw, Who Cares Trust, 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>Start with the Child, Stay with the Child – Voice for the Child in Care, 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Us – Department of Health and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a project to find out the views of disabled children, 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Local surveys </li></ul>
  3. 3. Butler and Williamson (1994) – Who do children talk to about their problems? <ul><li>Many young people had no trust in other people and the majority would talk first to someone within the family network </li></ul><ul><li>Over a quarter said they would talk to a friend </li></ul><ul><li>A significant number had no trust in adult professionals </li></ul><ul><li>‘ They don’t really listen. And then they don’t believe you’ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Butler and Williamson – Young people’s view of social workers <ul><li>Lack of understanding ‘ They don’t know nothing about what it’s really like for you’ </li></ul><ul><li>Impose their own views ‘ They twist the story, then sort it out their way’ </li></ul><ul><li>Doubts about confidentiality ‘ They spread things around: the whole world knows’ </li></ul><ul><li>Trivialise or overreact ‘ Just because I put on a friendly face they don’t realise I want them to be serious with me’ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Butler and Williamson – What do children want from professionals? <ul><li>Good listener – ‘not like a robot’ </li></ul><ul><li>Available – ‘ not at lunch, off sick, on training’ </li></ul><ul><li>Non-judgemental and non-directive – ‘ advice should be ‘maybe’ not ‘you must’ – give you choices’ </li></ul><ul><li>Humour – ‘ someone you can have a laugh with’ </li></ul><ul><li>Straight talking – ‘ not always what you want to hear’ </li></ul><ul><li>Trust and confidentiality – ‘ consult before you spread things on’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Timms and Thoburn (2003) – What do children think of the court process? <ul><li>66% said they had someone helpful to talk to through the process </li></ul><ul><li>42% said they felt listened to in court </li></ul><ul><li>55% did not get the chance to speak to the judge, and 21% would have liked to </li></ul><ul><li>When asked who was helpful, social workers received the most responses (30%) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ I would like social workers to be a bit more alert and to hear what foster carers have to say and when they put down a time to come and see you they must try to make the effort and come’ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Shaw (1998) – What do children say about being in care? <ul><li>49% said coming into care was confusing and scary, and 31% said it would have been easier if they had had more information </li></ul><ul><li>47% said they had a lot of say in decisions about seeing their social workers </li></ul><ul><li>Although 30% described themselves as lonely, 70% said they felt happy most of the time </li></ul><ul><li>Having access to ‘someone special’ to talk to was strongly associated with a generally positive state of mind </li></ul>
  8. 8. Voice for the Child in Care (2004) – Relationships with professionals <ul><li>Young people said they would like to see professionals who are: – reliable – keep promises – provide practical help – take time to listen, and to respond – see their lives in the round, not just the problems </li></ul><ul><li>‘ I would have liked them to sit down with me and have a conversation for more than 15 minutes. Instead of telling me what they were going to do with my life, find out a bit more about me’ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Voice for the Child in Care – Reviews <ul><li>Children and young people said they feel they are not involved in the conversation at reviews, it goes on around them, and is about them, but it doesn’t engage them </li></ul><ul><li>‘ I was sitting in a room with about 15 people, all talking about me like they knew me. I’d never met any of them!’ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ask Us (2002) – Views of disabled children <ul><li>We want what other children want </li></ul><ul><li>We want to do what other children do </li></ul><ul><li>We want to go where other children go </li></ul><ul><li>We want to be respected We want to feel the same ‘buzz’ that other children feel </li></ul>
  11. 11. Local information <ul><li>Surveys, group work </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits in finding out what children in your area think </li></ul><ul><li>The process itself raises awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Involve practitioners and managers and YOUNG PEOPLE </li></ul>
  12. 12. ‘ I feel social workers come and go a bit quick. I don’t care anymore. My latest social worker, I’ve already been told he’s only temporary. If you know someone isn’t going to be around, you don’t bother talking to them’

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