‘Can you hear me?’ An exploratory study investigating the representation and impact of children’s views in multi-agency meetings

Kerry L. Mitchell, Tracey Colville (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    The study explored parent and professional perceptions of the representation of children’s views in multi-agency meetings in Scottish schools. Online survey (134 responses) and educational documents provided data sources that were subject to thematic and documentary analysis. The findings highlight the importance of professional beliefs around child capacity and their understanding of what constitutes a competent view. In turn, they influence the extent to which professionals find representations of children’s views worthwhile. Implications for practice include raising professional awareness of evolving ontologies around the representation of children’s views in multi-agency meetings in line with policy and legislation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere12506
    Pages (from-to)472-493
    Number of pages22
    JournalChildren & Society
    Volume36
    Issue number4
    Early online date1 Oct 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022

    Keywords

    • child's views
    • participation in multi-agency meetings
    • professional views

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