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