Child’s Voice Toolkit

At VACCA, we think that Children have the right to have a say about what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.  (UNICEF: A simplified version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 12)

 

But having the right to have a say does not always mean a child has a voice or will be heard. Sometimes children become invisible, their voice unheard, when our work is crises driven and our focus is on parents and carers.

 

The Child’s Voice toolkit is based on the view that if you do not get to know kids, build trust and understand their family and culture, kids are unlikely to talk with you about their worries and wishes.   The toolkit aims to help you engage with kids and get to know them, understand their worries and wishes and develop plans that are child centred and informed.  The talking tips and tools in the kit have built on the work of the Australian Catholic University and have been developed by VACCA specifically for Aboriginal kids.  The kit is for anyone who has a role with Aboriginal children – case managers, carers, playgroup coordinators…

 

There are five tools in the kit:

  • I’m deadly: To find out a bit about the child – their strengths & dreams
  • All about me: To find out a bit more about the child – their feelings and wishes
  • People in my life: To help kids identify who is important to them
  • My journey: To help kids remember things in their life
  • Getting from here to there: To find out about some of the things the child wants

Click here to download the toolkit