a group of young people sat in a circle having a discussion. You can not see their faces

“There’s going to be a lot of listening – listening to those who have experience either as a young person, a family member, or a professional in the field”.

Dr Hilary Cass

The Review took an investigative approach to its work, which meant that outcomes were developed through an ongoing dialogue aimed at building a shared understanding of the current situation and how it can and should be improved for children and young people.

The recommendations of the Review are based on evidence, including lived experience of children, young people and adults, parents and professionals. This evidence was gathered in a number of different ways:

We thank those who gave their time to participate in these activities.

“I couldn’t have undertaken this review without the significant contribution of people with lived experience, their families, and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. I’m very grateful to everyone who generously gave their time to share their stories, experiences, and expertise.”   

Dr Hilary Cass

Lived experience focus groups

Engagement principles

The following principles will underpin all our engagement.

  • The Review will develop recommendations through an iterative process of facilitated discussion and consensus building, based on the evidence available, that places the interests of the children and young people at its centre. 
  • The Review will take a “no surprises” approach, keeping stakeholders involved and informed throughout the lifetime of the review through regular updates and engagement opportunities.
  • The Review will employ different methods to engage with stakeholders in a manner that makes them feel safe and supported and allows quieter voices to be heard. 
  • The Review will balance open access methods with more targeted engagement with those closest to / most affected by the services.
  • The Review will clearly define the purpose of different engagement activities and how evidence and learning generated will be used to inform the recommendations. Engagement conducted by the Review team will compliment, but not duplicate, the work of the Review’s academic researchers.
  • The Review will be mindful of other research being conducted in this field and take account of this research where appropriate.
  • The Review will be informed through on-going dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders. When conducting engagement activities, the Review team will acknowledge and allow expression of the different views and opinion across the spectrum of stakeholders, but will not tolerate disrespectful, threatening or abusive behaviour. See our Terms and Conditions page.