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Reasons for listening to and consulting with a child or young person

Listening to and consulting with a child or young person benefits everyone. 

Benefits include:

  • Enhancing emotional well-being and raising self-esteem. This is done by enabling the child or young person to have a voice which is listened to and acted upon.
  • Developing a collaborative and inclusive environment.
  • Increasing knowledge and understanding of how a child or young person responds and views the support they receive.
  • Understanding what further support the child or young person may need and from who.
  • Ensuring the child or young person’s individual needs are met by enabling them to identify and share what is important to them.
  • Developing positive relationships and gaining a better understanding of the child or young person to best support their needs.
  • Creating a sense of responsibility for oneself and others by enabling the child or young person to give their views on actions for change.
  • Meaningful engagement, negotiation and interaction leads to more successful learning, social and emotional outcomes.
  • Providing the child or young person an opportunity to have an active role and say in the decisions that affect them in their education and schooling.

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Last updated 5 October 2020

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