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Interesting in finding out more about our Model of Practice? This section gives you an overview of our model…

Evolving our Practice

As a new Project, Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV) is taking an evolving and phased approach to the development of the children and young people’s Board. This is to ensure that it is co-designed, continues to be relevant and operates in a way that respects, protects and fulfils children and young people’s rights.

Foundations for our Model of Practice

OHOV has carefully chosen Professor Laura Lundy’s Model of Participation as the foundational building blocks for its work with children and young people. This gives a solid rights-based and ethical framework for our work. The model is founded on the belief that children and young people must have agency over their own lives and have their rights respected, protected and fulfilled. They should be full and active participants in all decision-making that affects their lives.

Our First Phase of development

The first stage focused on recruiting 12 core OHOV Board Members, from across Scotland, aged between 8 – 18, with a wide range of care experience. The core group will attend OHOV Board Meetings and take part in additional Projects. Board Members will be appointed on a two year term, with the option to serve a further two year (or until they are 18 years of age). Recruitment will be staged later to ensure growth, consistency and development.

Connecting with decision makers

Our Hearings, Our Voice reports regularly to the Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) who will support the work of the Board by ensuring that change is implemented across Partners. The Principal Reporter for the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and the National Convener of Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) will be key links for Our Hearings, Our Voice.

Our approach

Our approach will include delivering training and presentations to corporate parents and people in powerful positions, to help them understand participation, children’s rights, demonstrate trauma informed practice and how to involve children and young people in decision making.

One of our core values is innovation and we will regularly look to extend beyond our creative boundaries, working in ways that further develop our own participative practices.

 All of this has to be encapsulated by trauma informed, and appropriate levels of support for the children and young people involved with Our Hearings, Our Voice. We have developed a range of layers of support.

Aspirational development

Our model includes aspirational stages of development, including developing a group of OHOV Associates. This level of involvement is designed to create openings for a wide group of children and young people who might not want to be fully involved as Board Members, but want to have some level of involvement.

Another layer of our work is to develop wider outreach opportunities to ensure Hearings experienced children and young people from across Scotland can feed into the work of Our Hearings, Our Voice and the improvement of the Children’s Hearings System.

More information

If you would like a copy of our full Model of Participation, please get in touch. 

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