My Say Matters: Barnet’s Child Participation and Family Involvement Strategy (2022 – 2025)

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Have your say on My Say Matters, Barnet’s Child Participation and Family Involvement Strategy

Family Services are currently consulting on a new Child Participation and Family Involvement Strategy called: “My Say Matters”.

We recognise the value of involving children, young people and their families in the way we shape and develop our services, we think that by working together we can teach and learn from each other.

Our strategy sets out how we plan to involve children, young people and families in giving us feedback; helping us think about problems and new opportunities; and taking an active part in changing how we do things at every level in our service. We plan to do this in three ways:

  • Listening: We will listen to the voices of children and young people and centre their views, wishes and experience in what we do'.
  • Working with: We will find ways to engage the voices of children and young people at an individual and/or group level to help us to hear their views.
  • Acting upon: We will make sure that what children, young people and their families tell us result in changing the way we do things and the decisions we make.

To find out more about our plans please read our draft strategy consultation document here.


How to have your say

We want to involve as many children and young people as we can, we particularly want to hear from children and young people from different backgrounds and with different experiences of using our services. We want to hear your views, thoughts and ideas.

You can share your views by either completing our online questionnaire or attending a virtual focus group discussion:

  • Complete an online questionnaire

Read the draft strategy consultation document here and then complete our online questionnaire.

  • Attend a virtual focus group discussion

We are also running a series of in-depth group discussions with families, children and young people on Microsoft teams on the following dates:

  • families and adults - Wednesday 5 January 2022, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • young people - Thursday 6 January, 2022, 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

Participants will be offered a £40.00 online shopping voucher as an appreciation of their time.

If you would like to attend one of these virtual discussion groups, please email: childrensworkforce@Barnet.gov.uk or call 0208 359 6118.

If we do get oversubscribed for these workshops, and cannot allocate you a place, we will add you to our participant list and ensure you get invite to future events.


  • You can also request an alternative format of the consultation

If you would like to request a paper questionnaire or another format please:

  • email childrensworkforce@Barnet.gov.uk or call 0208 359 6118.
  • alternatively you can write to us at Safeguarding, Quality Assurance & Workforce Development, Barnet Family Services, London Borough of Barnet, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, NW9 4EW.

If you would like someone to help you complete the questionnaire or need more information, please contact us using one of the above methods.


What happens after the consultation closes?

Barnet Family Services will use the consultation findings to inform our final My Say Matters Strategy. We will then aim to launch the strategy in January 2022. We will publish the results of the consultation, our decision and how we are acting on the results of the consultation on this web page in March 2022.

Have your say on My Say Matters, Barnet’s Child Participation and Family Involvement Strategy

Family Services are currently consulting on a new Child Participation and Family Involvement Strategy called: “My Say Matters”.

We recognise the value of involving children, young people and their families in the way we shape and develop our services, we think that by working together we can teach and learn from each other.

Our strategy sets out how we plan to involve children, young people and families in giving us feedback; helping us think about problems and new opportunities; and taking an active part in changing how we do things at every level in our service. We plan to do this in three ways:

  • Listening: We will listen to the voices of children and young people and centre their views, wishes and experience in what we do'.
  • Working with: We will find ways to engage the voices of children and young people at an individual and/or group level to help us to hear their views.
  • Acting upon: We will make sure that what children, young people and their families tell us result in changing the way we do things and the decisions we make.

To find out more about our plans please read our draft strategy consultation document here.


How to have your say

We want to involve as many children and young people as we can, we particularly want to hear from children and young people from different backgrounds and with different experiences of using our services. We want to hear your views, thoughts and ideas.

You can share your views by either completing our online questionnaire or attending a virtual focus group discussion:

  • Complete an online questionnaire

Read the draft strategy consultation document here and then complete our online questionnaire.

  • Attend a virtual focus group discussion

We are also running a series of in-depth group discussions with families, children and young people on Microsoft teams on the following dates:

  • families and adults - Wednesday 5 January 2022, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • young people - Thursday 6 January, 2022, 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

Participants will be offered a £40.00 online shopping voucher as an appreciation of their time.

If you would like to attend one of these virtual discussion groups, please email: childrensworkforce@Barnet.gov.uk or call 0208 359 6118.

If we do get oversubscribed for these workshops, and cannot allocate you a place, we will add you to our participant list and ensure you get invite to future events.


  • You can also request an alternative format of the consultation

If you would like to request a paper questionnaire or another format please:

  • email childrensworkforce@Barnet.gov.uk or call 0208 359 6118.
  • alternatively you can write to us at Safeguarding, Quality Assurance & Workforce Development, Barnet Family Services, London Borough of Barnet, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, NW9 4EW.

If you would like someone to help you complete the questionnaire or need more information, please contact us using one of the above methods.


What happens after the consultation closes?

Barnet Family Services will use the consultation findings to inform our final My Say Matters Strategy. We will then aim to launch the strategy in January 2022. We will publish the results of the consultation, our decision and how we are acting on the results of the consultation on this web page in March 2022.

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