Lo­cal cared-for chil­dren will be first in Scot­land to use new app

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Chil­dren looked af­ter in care homes or by foster par­ents in Perth and Kin­ross will be the first in Scot­land given ac­cess to a new app.

Mind of My Own (MOMO) is be­ing used by chil­dren in 60 English lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to share opin­ions about their ex­pe­ri­ences and have a say in de­ci­sions about their lives.

The idea is to al­low them to talk about and in­flu­ence the care they re­ceive and share con­cerns and worries about their lives.

It will go live in Scot­land for the first time when chil­dren across the county start us­ing it next week.

The app has been code­signed with chil­dren and young peo­ple and uses child­fo­cused lan­guage and de­sign, us­ing a tablet or phone.

Ev­i­dence from Eng­land shows the app has helped chil­dren in­flu­ence changes to the ser­vices they re­ceive and even re­port in­stances of abuse, as they feel com­fort­able and safe com­mu­ni­cat­ing via the MOMO screen.

Jacquie Pep­per, head of ser­vices for chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil said: “We’re de­lighted to be giv­ing our cared-for chil­dren the chance to re­port their views on ser­vices us­ing MOMO.

“We are gen­uinely com­mit­ted to our cor­po­rate par­ent­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and pas­sion­ately be­lieve in giv­ing chil­dren a voice.

“We’re con­fi­dent that MOMO will help us to do this and make sure our ser­vices are shaped to suit the needs of our chil­dren and young peo­ple.”

The move comes as or­gan­i­sa­tions across Scot­land gear up to fo­cus on the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018, led by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

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