5Children are heard

Service children’s diverse voices are heard and inform the support they receive.

The extensive research that powers The Thriving Lives Toolkit found that Service children’s unique circumstances mean they are likely to face complex additional challenges. They want to feel heard and understood and benefit from being actively involved in developing support.

Effective schools develop listening habits that are open and child-centred. They are deliberate about their listening and are genuinely willing to change practice and policy if that’s what’s required to help. They make sure Service children’s voices are heard throughout the school, including by school leaders and their civilian peers.

A quick introduction to Children are heard

Enhance your support - self-directed training module

Enhance your support for Service children in relation to Principle 5: Children are heard through the following self-directed professional development module. This CPD resource, written by a collaboration of professionals specifically for schools, explores the evidence base, and looks at what schools can do and who can help you ensure Children are heard.

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