This is a one day training program for psychologists and social workers and other professionals who work with children during assessments, evaluations and mediation. The Child’s Voice Toolkit provides the interviewer with ten tools that stimulate conversation and support the child in providing a description of his/ her life, views and wishes. In light of this aim, there are no standard answers provided and the interpretation of the information obtained remains the responsibility of the interviewer.
The child’s experience of family and significant others
Feedback to the parents and mediation
The end of day
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the specific settings that I can make use of the Child’s Voice Toolkit?The toolkit can be used to:
To enhance emotional assessments
In family assessments
In therapy with children and families
In group sessions with children
To canvass children’s views and wishes in mediation and during other legal proceedings
What are the components contained in this toolkit?The toolkit contains the following items:Photo cards, a school playground board, a neighbourhood board, a township board, feeling cards, speech bubble cards for mom and dad, a set of 35 picture cards to describe a typical day in his or her life, a laminated A4, two week schedule and a my world board for the child to identify important people in his or her life. The toolkit has been upgraded with a social media component, partner cards to indicate messages given or secrets kept, a classroom scene and peer group faces.
What age must a child be to benefit from this toolkit?The Child’s Voice Toolkit can be used for children up to the age of 12, but some professionals have reported that they have successfully incorporated some of the elements included in the toolkit with older children.
What are the benefits of using the Child’s Voice Toolkit?
This toolkit incorporates 10 different techniques to facilitate communication with the child
It saves time during data collection/interviews
It is language free
It is culturally diverse
It compliments other assessment tools and can be used in conjunction with your own materials.
Is the toolkit a psychometrical test?The toolkit is not a test. It is a tool that supports the practitioner’s interviews with the child. The toolkit compliments other assessment tools.