University of Edinburgh

Whole Service Framework and strategic approach to promoting the child’s voice

Presented on Monday, 13th June, 2016


The course began by looking at the bigger picture of the role of the practitioner and parents/carers in maximising independence and the integral part this plays in responding to the child’s voice. The course offered a simple framework accompanied by a range of practical resources aimed at enabling a Service or School to adopt a strategic approach to the child’s voice.

Resources were demonstrated and used during the course to explore how to listen to the child and parents and how to include them both in the planning of support and setting goals.

Practitioners who attended will be able to clearly identify and plan targeted interventions responding directly to the child’s need. A simple method of reviewing progress and measuring success was considered. It was an activity based day, with practitioners having the opportunity and time to use the resources to consider how they could be incorporated and used within their Service/caseload.


Participants said:

"Lots of ideas, particularly on how to give children and parents opportunities to express themselves."

"Excellent reminder of strategies around child's voice. Reflective practice for professionals will assist in reviewing expectations of long term/regular intervention."

Target Audience

Teachers, classroom assistants, parents and all those who support a child or young person with a visual or hearing impairment.


Gwyneth McCormack, Director, Positive Eye Ltd

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10.10 am Introduction to the framework & Who’s in the Driving Seat?

1.15 pm Promoting the child’s voice and building strengths

2.15 pm Promoting independence at home/parent’s voice / Planning programmes of intervention / Measuring progress

3.30 pm Course Evaluation and close