Feedback and getting involved - disability social care 0-25

We regularly ask for feedback and provide opportunities for children, young people and parents/ carers to influence services and decision making.

VoiceAbility. an independent advocacy and advice service for people with learning disabilities, helps us to involve children and young people in a number of different ways. 

The Voiceability |Speak Out Council is an exciting user-led consultative action forum, which gives people with learning disabilities, the opportunity to have their voice heard. There is a young person's representative on the Speak Out Council  who attends meetings of the County Council's SEND Partnership Board and the Learning Disability Partnership Board to feed back the views of young people. More information about the Speak Out Council, including video clips featuring young people can be found on the VoiceAbility | Speak Out Council website.

To gather views of children and young people VoiceAbility regularly attends The Phoenix Nightclub, which runs on the first Friday of every month at Horizon Centre Cambridge. At these events young people are invited to make ‘Comments for Karaoke’ – in exchange sharing their hopes and dreams for the future, and issues that concern them, they get to perform live.

VoiceAbility also visit schools, colleges, holiday clubs and after school playschemes to ask young people for their views. This information helps inform us about what young people with learning disabilities need and want.

You can watch a short film that the Speak Out Council and some young people made to tell people how they want to be treated at this link. Support us to speak out - YouTube.

The Speak Out Council visit schools, colleges, holiday clubs and after school playschemes to ask young people for their views. This information helps inform us about what young people with learning disabilities want.  The Speak Out Council also work with us on planning and projects.

Pinpoint, the local parent carer network organisation, run regular meetings and events for parents and carers to share their views. The meetings are generally on a theme or topic and provide the opportunity to speak directly to service providers. Pinpoint attend County Council meetings and talk directly to service commissioners to feed back the views of parents and carers.

Voiceability is an advocacy service for people of all ages. They can support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to:

  • understand their rights, choices and options
  • help them make decisions about their health and social care
  • get support from the people around them in their community
  • have the tools to do as much as they can themselves
  • visit children in children’s homes

Find out more about VoiceAbility | Cambridgeshire.

DCSC children and young people feedback summary April - Sept 2018412KBpdf
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DCSC parent and carer feedback summary April - Sept 2018741KBpdf
Detail on the feedback received and the things we are doing as a result
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Contact for further information

Siobhan MacBean, Service Development Manager for Disability Social Care (0–25) 

Telephone: 01223 699 041
Email: siobhan.macbean@cambridgeshire.gov.uk