Outcomes of disabled children and young people's participation
There is little research addressing the specific outcomes of disabled children and young people's participation. However, Franklin and Sloper (2008) research into their involvement in social care suggests the benefits to services include:
- Development of services better suited to benefit service users
- Maximisation of resources
- Increased access and utilisation of services
- Increased participatory practice
Disabled children and young people who took part reported that the changes in services better met their needs and that they felt more valued and listened to. Participation, when it’s done properly, is a positive experience for children, young people, their parents/carers and practitioners.
The Children's Society firmly believes that all children can communicate. The responsibility lies with professionals to find an appropriate way of communication with and understanding them.