17 Aug 2010

The Children’s Society has launched “I want to be involved!”, a one-day training course for professionals who seek to involve disabled young people more actively in reviews and planning meetings.*

This highly interactive course is open to all practitioners and organisations that work with disabled young people. Course facilitators from The Children’s Society’s Disability Advocacy Project can deliver the training at a time and venue that is convenient for the participants.

The training offers practical ideas and support for involving disabled children and young people at reviews and meetings and encourages participants to employ creative methods to help disabled young people communicate their thoughts, wishes and feelings.

During the training, participants will have the chance to try out innovative resources and learn strategies for using them successfully. All course materials were selected in consultation with disabled young people, and many of their testimonials are included.

Course facilitators will also provide advice tailored to participants’ specific situations, and at the end of the training day, assist in formulating an action plan. In addition, the project will offer a post-training evaluation to provide ongoing support during the plan’s implementation.

A participant who recently attended the training said: “I work for a Local Authority and attended the ‘I want to be involved’ training one day course. It was really well presented, well prepared and provided lots of useful, practical examples of involving disabled children. The trainers were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It made me think about the review from the child’s perspective and I have lots of creative and flexible methods to ensure the child is at the centre of the process.”

Lucy Aston, Disability Project Worker at The Children’s Society, said: “This course aims to provide immediately applicable ideas that practitioners can take back to help disabled young people. Disabled young people need to be able to fully contribute to their reviews and planning meetings, and this course gives practitioners the skills to facilitate this.”

If you require any further information or wish to book this training, please contact the Disability Advocacy Project on 0207 6132886 or Disability-Advocacy-Project@childrenssociety.org.uk.

For more media information, please contact Rafi Cooper at The Children's Society’s media team on 020 7841 4422, or rafi.cooper@childsoc.org.uk.

*Editor’s note: Reviews can refer to Annual Reviews or Transition Reviews, which every child with a statement of education needs will have, and/or Looked-after Children Reviews. Many disabled children are also subject to planning meetings that take place before reviews, or to discuss a particular personal issue.