At what age should we consult with children about plans that are being made about their lives?

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14 Jan 2015 -- Judit Németh-Almasi

The simple answer to this question is that as soon as a child is able to communicate their desires we should be including them in decisions.Even very young children can be consulted, as although this can be a challenge and workers need to be skilled in asking children in straight forward simple questions using language that the child can understand.

Of course, the extent to which the wishes of the child influences our decision may have less weight, depending on the age of the child,it is still important and must be considered.It is also a right! Remember too that all children may also indicate to us their wishes and feelings through non-verbal cues (for example becoming distressed when around a particular adult).

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