As Family Group Conference Coordinators, we, along with social workers and teaching staff are required to do direct work with children to have the child's voice heard in any decision-making around them, as required under section 176 of the Education Act 2002.
The 'My Heart Matters' Book was used as a tool to directly work with a child that was very difficult for any professional to breakthrough and get the child's true feelings, due her Mother putting her own needs before her children. Please see Case Study 1.
Whilst working with Warwickshire County Council on a set piece of work within their Family Group Conference Service. Our range of Funkie Munkie's 'My Feel Good' Book Series have been received very well by the social workers of Nuneaton and Bedworth Children's Services. Social workers shown a big interest in the books and after using them have been very impressed by the outcomes achieved, particularly 'My Heart Matters'. Equally the children using the books felt empowered by the whole experience and enjoyed the content and happily completed the books, taking ownership ofthe processand the book. This gave the social workers a good insight into the wishes and feelings of the child, which made their job easier and more pleasant when doing direct work with children, particularly in challenging situations and with non-engaging children. For more information on our range of books, resources and training, CLICK for MORE INFO..