Involving children and young people in developing social care

Practice: resource tool box 11

Involving children and young people in individual decision-making

I'll go first. L. Kirkbride, The Children's Society, 1999. Provides practitioners with practical tools to enable disabled children to communicate their views when key decisions are being made about their care and education.

Total respect handbook. Children's Rights Officers and Advocates/ Department of Health, 2000. Training pack aimed at promoting looked-after young people's participation within local authorities. It provides activities that enable young people to make complaints, preparing them for review meetings and providing practitioners with the skills to be effective advocates.

It's your meeting: A guide to help young people get the most from their reviews. A. Wheal and R. Sinclair, National Children's Bureau, 1999.

Listen up! A video resource pack helping looked-after children understand their rights. P. Doorbar, Pavilion Publishing, 1999.

Having a say. G. Towl et al, Pavilion Publishing, 2000. A video resource for all those involved in child protection conferences.

Health care choices: Making decisions with children. P. Alderson and J. Montgomery, Institute for Public Policy Research, 1996

Participation: Meeting together - deciding together. NSW Commission for Children and Young People, 2004b. A guide to involving children and young people in case-planning decisions that affect their lives. Available at:

Children and decision-making: Training and resource guide. J. Phillipson, University of Wales, Swansea, 1999. A guide and training pack to support practitioners in involving looked-after young people in everyday decisions as well as in reviews and meetings.