The Voice of the Child campaign is the brainchild of Marisa De Jager, a children’s social worker who is one of the main partners of SharedVisionUK. The company’s aim is to stimulate and elevate safeguarding practice for all vulnerable people. The idea is that we need to be at the heart of safeguarding excellence.
The #VOC campaign gives children, teenagers and young adults a platform to talk about their problems and concerns to a wider audience. The focus on listening to their views is a crucial part of all our forthcoming events and one of the most encouraging aspects.
Marisa: “It’s vitally important that we capture the voice of the child to hear what these young people are saying about themselves and their surroundings. We need to involve them in all issues of safeguarding, from child sexual exploitation and FGM to drugs, gangs and domestic violence. They need to feel included, not excluded, from society and the decisions that affect their lives.”
Integration and the Voice of the Child
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (44/25 20.11.1989) introduced new rights relating to children’s participation in addition to the existing rights concerning the protection of, and provision for, children. The new participation rights required all social institutions, including schools, to ensure that children are included in decisions about their lives. Under the Convention, it is expected that children will be consulted; be taken account of; have access to information; have freedom of speech, and be able to challenge decisions made on their behalf (Article 12).