The Voice of the Child in Child Protection: Whose Voice?:
Recorded on July 2016
Author: Margaret Bruce
Publisher: Social Sciences, Vol.3(3), pp.514-526
Geographic Coverage: Scotland
Type of Resource: Report
Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People
Developed with children and young people? Not specified
Type of participation: Unknown
Availability: Open Access
Keywords: Adult processes, Children’s Rights, Decision-making, Participation, Protection, Report writing
This paper draws upon research undertaken in Scotland but the findings of the study are relevant across the UK and beyond.
Child protection documentation including reports and case conference minutes were analysed to assess to what extent the child’s views were presented to, and considered in, decision making forums. In particular the study considers how the child’s views and wishes are represented in writing, and highlights the ways which professionals filtered and interpreted the child’s view rather than presented it in its pure form.