Welcome to the Milton Keynes Children’s Voice project information resource. Below you will find lots of helpful information on who we are as an organisation and the different services we will be providing to young people in Milton Keynes.
Return to Home Interviews
Reg. 44 Visits to Children's Homes
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A little bit about us
Reconstruct has over 30 years’ experience of developing and delivering training, consultancy, quality assurance and compliance services to a range of organisations, as well as direct services to vulnerable young people.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults is at the centre of the work Reconstruct undertakes. Incoprorating the needs of our partners, and the children they support, is paramount.
Together with the local authorities we partner with, we strive to secure the best possible outcomes in respect of access to services with the provision of professional and appropriate training; supportive consultancy and compassionate direct delivery of services. We offer a full range of services designed to make positive change, develop strong ethical practice and promote better outcomes for the individuals being cared for. But don't take our word for it - see what some of our children think about our services in the video above!
An advocate is someone who provides support to children and young people in care, care leavers and children and young people who are subject to a Child Protection Conference.
Advocacy means to speak up for someone and there are some groups of people who may need more help that others – in this case, vulnerable children and young people. It’s about making sure that children have a say in decisions that affect their life. Advocacy is about making things change because children’s voices are heard and listened to.
Our role in the delivery of advocacy services
Empower children to speak up for themselves or for the advocate to speak up on their behalf
Make children aware of the decision making processes they are going through and to help them navigate the process
Ensure that children receive independent information, advice and support and be able to signpost them to specialist support where necessary
Assist children in the swift resolution of complaints
Who is eligible for this service?
Children in receipt of social care (including Children in Need, those on a Child Protection Plan and Looked After Children)
Care Leavers that are not transitioning into Adult Social Care
Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities
Children in a mental health setting
Please note, the following categories are entitled to support from the Adult Advocacy Service and are not included in the Children’s Advocacy Service:
Care Leavers transitioning into Adult Social Care
Children complaining about health
Over 16s lacking mental capacity
Any referrals for the above categories will not be processed and will be sent back to referrer.
A step by step guide to our process
Referrer completes the online referral form and this automatically sends to the coordinator. If you complete the hard copy please email to email@example.com This applies to the following categories:
LAC / CiN / Care Leaver
Children with SEN
Children in a Mental Health setting
The Reconstruct coordinator and/or assigned advocate will call you to discuss the following upon receipt of referral:
To let you know the status of the referral and who the Advocate allocated will be. If the referral is missing any information, they will also ask for further clarification. Including if it their are any risks that the advocate should be aware of before meeting the child/young person.
Advocate will arrange with parent/carer to speak with the young person.
If parents or young person do not want to engage then advocate would complete a non-starter form and advise the social worker.
If the young person is aged 16 plus the Advocate will ask the referrer if it is ok for them to contact the young person directly.
Advocate will meet with the young person face to face or virtually and gather their views and feelings.
Please ensure invites to meetings are sent well in advance to allow for Advocates to be allocated and for the V&F’s to be collated. Should an advocate not be available due to MK delays, Reconstruct will not be held responsible for not attending said meetings. We will endeavour to support the child but this may not be possible and the child may have to be represented at the next meeting.
An Independent Visitor (IV) is an adult volunteer who is independent of Social Services. Their role is to establish a supportive and long term relationship with a young person built on trust. They will guide and listen to a young person, helping to build their self-esteem and develop new interests and skills over time.
Our role in the delivery of IV services
Visit a child on a regular basis, usually once a month, to befriend them
Provide Looked After Children with someone to talk to who is independent of the local authority
Provide a consistent and reliable adult with a view to building a trusting and positive relationship with the child
Provide a child with the opportunity to try new activities and spend time with them away from their placement.
Who is eligible for this service?
All Looked After Children will be able to access the Independent Visitor Service up to the age of 18
Children with disabilities and special educational needs
It is expected that the majority of children accessing this service will be over the age of 8 years old
We encourage all staff to promote the service and let carers and young people know that we are here to support. Our user friendly poster for Carers can be downloaded here, so feel free to circulate to your carers as well as print and pop up within the council buildings.
A guide to our process
Referrer completes the online referral form and this automatically sends to the coordinator. If you complete the hard copy please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also put together some useful guidance which will provide you with a more in depth understanding of the types of referrals to send through. For new recruits, or for those who are not familiar with the IV service and what it entails, we have developed our 'What is an IV?' guidance document which provides a detailed explanation of the role of an IV.
We can provide experienced workers to undertake interviews with children who have been missing from care. The level of independence will provide an opportunity to look at each episode individually and within the context of the history of the individual child. Any patterns emerging and any concerns regarding CSE, risk of grooming, inappropriate peer relationships, bullying or any other concerns will be reported immediately after the interview.
Our role in the delivery of Return to Home Interviews
Understand the reasons why the child or young person ran away and reduce the risks linked to them going missing
Identify the risks, harm and issues faced by the child either before or whilst they went missing
Highlight any unmet needs the child may have
Reduce the probability of the child running away again, also equip them with the resources and knowledge of how to stay safe if they do choose to run away again
Who is eligible for this service?
Looked After Children up to 18 years of age who live outside the borough of Milton Keynes boundary, regardless of how the Police rate their level of risk
Return to Home interviews for all Looked After Children living inside the borough of Milton Keynes boundary, and non Looked After Children, will be conducted by the Milton Keynes Council Youth Faculty.
A guide to our process
Referrer completes referral form and this is automatically sent to coordinator
Reconstruct have been providing Regulation 44 visitors for over 10 years and currently have a team of professionals delivering this service across the UK. Our team have extensive experience of working in residential children’s homes, have been registered managers and registered individuals and therefore are very familiar with the regulations, the inspection process and how to deliver services which work to improve the life chances and outcomes for children in care.
Our role in the delivery of Regulation 44 Visits
Ensure that all children within the placement are being appropriately cared for and their individual needs are being met, considering any specific needs relating to their ethnicity or known disability
As part of their report, the Regulation 44 visitor must set out their opinion as to whether children are effectively safeguarded and the conduct of the home promotes children’s wellbeing
Assist the service in its development by providing a regular independent perspective on the functioning of children’s residential provision
Contribute to building a chronology of the development of the unit with visitors drawing on historical reports to ensure that issues previously identified have been addressed
Reconstruct will be providing monthly visits to two of the Local Authority Childrens Homes.
If you would like to discuss this further please contact our admin team: email@example.com
We really want to get the word out that we are providing the advocacy and IV services to young people in Milton Keynes and encourage you and your teams to share our information resources the young people you work with.