We work across schools and councils to help them ensure that they 'actively' listen to the voice of the child. It can be tricky to do if you don't do it in a meaningful way - we help you to put the child at the centre of your governance!

What is child-centred governance?

Being child-centred means that you are child-focused and that they are at the centre of your conversations and decisions as a governor. To be truly child-centred, you need to hear the voices of children and young people you educate or provide services to.

Pupil Voice is a catch-all phrase that refers to the participation, input and influence in matters that affect them, whether life in school or the services they receive from the council. Children and young people need to be provided with meaningful opportunities to share their experiences and views and to know that what they say is valued and will be listened to and considered.

Most schools and councils we work with place real value in hearing what children and young people think about school life or the services the council provides.  But this is usually gathered by teachers or those providing services, not by governing boards who hold these leaders and service providers to account.

"Su’s support helped our Corporate Parenting Board to create a practical approach to embedding the voice of children in care in its work, which enriched the board’s discussions and improved their focus”

Why is it important for public sector governors to seek the views of children and young people?

School Governors and local Elected councillors are one step removed from teaching children or delivering social care - so how can they build up a picture of what's happening in their school, community or council?

  • For School Governors, listening to the voice of the child is one of the best ways that they can hold senior leaders in the school to account for how children progress through the education system and achieve their full potential;
  • For Elected Councillors and Corporate Parents, embedding the child's voice in your board's work will help ensure that the council is doing its best for children and young people.

But meaningful engagement is a skill and often an underused resource.  We support you in embedding the voice of children and young people into your governing board activity.

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How do we help?

We use appreciative approaches to support you in finding the best ways to use the voice of the children, young people, parents and carers in monitoring how services and education are delivered.  Our focus is on helping you to navigate the options for 'active' listening, how you can build this in routinely and how this can improve the delivery and impact of your work.

We have devised a Practical Engagement Toolkit which supports Councillors and School Governors, helping them to be more curious about services and outcomes for children in care by asking - is it good enough for my child?

Organisations we have worked with

We are a leading governance improvement organisation and have worked with 100s of schools, councils and national membership organisations such as the Local Government Association to help 'governors' to understand their responsibilities and how they can discharge these effectively.

Our Founder and CEO Su Turner is a trained appreciative facilitator and has developed simple but effective ways to embed voice and improve the monitoring of schools and councils.


"Su was instrumental in getting our ILACS (Inspection of Local Authority Services) to good"

Swindon Council

Su’s approach is participative and guides Elected Members through what good corporate parenting looks like so that they can benchmark their approach. Elected Members are key to good corporate parenting and they leave the training programme understanding their role as a Corporate Parent and practical ways in which they can carry out the role effectively."

Dr Lee-Anne Farach, Medway Council
"Thank you for speaking at our Leadership Essentials Conference, feedback for your session was positive and sparked discussion in terms of actions that Councillors are taking back to their Councils"

Local Government Association

We'd love to hear from you.  Use the form below to get in touch and find out more

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  • 2023: Year of the youth
  • Child-centred Toolkit
  • Keynote addresses