One boy tells how he wasn’t listened to at first by adults when he was bullied. He has additional needs and being ignored resulted in depression.
He was one of the young people who produced and participated in their own film to communicate directly with professionals in education, health and social care.
Thanks for Listening was screened at a conference discussing ways that children with additional needs can be at the centre of the new plan Gateshead is introducing to improve its services for young people.
The film contains a mix of candid interviews and animations produced by the group from Cedars School and St Chad’s Youth Group. It tells stories of times they have and haven’t been listened to by adults, and the difference it makes to their lives when their voices are heard.
Their presentation was really well received by parents and professionals alike, and DVDs will be available to other professionals to get the message across. It’s an excellent example of how we can all do more to give young people a voice.