Children and young people’s views – published books and reports

Abuse, neglect and violence

11 Million / Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England with Sherbert Research (2009) Children and young people’s views on safeguarding: research findings from 11 Million supported by Sherbert Research. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

Allnock, D. and Miller, P. (2013) No one noticed, no one heard: a study of disclosures of childhood abuse. NSPCC.

Children’s Commissioner for England (2018) ‘Are they shouting because of me?’. Voices of children living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental health issues. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

Children’s Commissioner for England (2017) Children’s voices: A review of evidence on the subjective wellbeing of children involved in gangs in England

Cossar, J., Brandon, M. Bailey, S., Belderson, P. and Biggart, L. (2013) ‘It takes a lot to build trust’. Recogniton and telling: Developing earlier routes to help for children and young people. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

Exton, L. and Thandi, K. (2013) Would they actually have believed me? A focus group exploration of the underreporting of crimes by Jimmy Savile. NSPCC.

Gray, D. and Watt, P. (January 2013) Giving victims a voice. Joint report into sexual allegations made against Jimmy Savile. Metropolitan Police and NSPCC.

Grimshaw, R. (ed.) with Schwartz, J. and Wingfield, R. (2011) My story. Young people talk about the trauma and violence in their lives. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

Just for Kids Law and CRAE (2020) Excluded, exploited, forgotten: Childhood criminal exploitation and school exclusions.

Molina, J. and Levell, J. (2020) Children’s experience of domestic abuse and criminality: A literature review. Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales.

Mullender, A. and others (2002) Children’s perspectives on domestic violence. SAGE.

One in Four (2015) Survivors’ voices. Breaking the silence on living with the impact of child sexual abuse in the family environment. One in Four. 

Willow, C. and Hyder, T. (1998) It hurts you inside. Children talking about smacking. National Children’s Bureau.

Willow, C. (2003) Let them have their childhood again. Children’s Rights Alliance for England.

Children’s rights, advocacy and being heard

Chase, E. with Simon, A., Wigfall, V., Warwick, I. and Heathcote, S. (2006) Findings from an evaluation of the Voice advocacy service. Thomas Coram Research Unit. 

Davey, C., Burke, T. and Shaw, C. (2010) Children’s participation in decision-making. A children’s views report. Children’s Rights Alliance for England, National Children’s Bureau and Participation Works.

Davey, C. (2008) What do they know? Investigating the human rights concerns of children and young people living in England. Children’s Rights Alliance for England.

Franklin, A. and Knight, A. (2011) Someone on our side: Advocacy for disabled children and young people. The Children’s Society.

Franklin, A. and Sloper, P. (2004). Participation of disabled children and young people in decision-making within social services departments in England. Social Policy Research Unit, University of York. 

Jelicic, H., Gibb, J., La Valle, I. with Payne, L. (2013) The voice of the child in child protection conferences. National Children’s Bureau.

Morgan, R. (2014) The children’s views digest. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Morgan, R. (2012) Young people’s views on complaints and advocacy. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Morgan, R. (2011) Younger children’s views. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.
        
Morgan, R. (2008) Children’s views of advocacy. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Morgan, R. (2007) Policy by children. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Moss, C. (2011) Safeguarding looked after children through advocacy. NSPCC.

Oliver, C., Knight, A. and Candappa, M. (2006) Advocacy for looked after children and children in need: achievements and challenges. Thomas Coram Research Unit.

Pona, I. and Hounsell, D. (2012) The value of independent advocacy for looked after children and young people. The Children’s Society.

O’Quigley, (2000) Listening to children’s views. The findings and recommendations of recent research. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 

The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau Research Centre (2016) Independent advocacy. Impact and outcomes for children and young people. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

Willow, C. , Franklin, A. and Shaw, C. (2007) Meeting the obligations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in England. Children and young people’s messages to government. Department for Education and Skills.

Willow, C., Marchant, R., Kirby, P. and Neale, B. (2004) Young children’s citizenship: Ideas into practice. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Willow, C. (2002). Participation in practice. Children and young people as partners in change. The Children’s Society. 

Willow, C. (1999). It’s not fair: Young people’s reflections on children’s rights. The Children’s Society. 

Care experienced children and adults

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (2013) The Entitlements inquiry. Report with recommendations. Produced by The Who Cares? Trust.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults (2019) No place at home. Risks facing children and young people who go missing from out of area placements. The final report on the Inquiry on children and young people who go missing from out of area placements.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults and APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (2012) Report from the joint inquiry into children who go missing from care

A National Voice (2007) Brothers and sisters.

Briheim-Crookall and others (2020)What makes life good? Care leavers’ views on their well-being. Coram Voice and The Rees Centre.

Children’s Commissioner for England (2019) Children’s voices: children’s experiences of instability in the care system. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

Children’s Rights Alliance for England (2017) Children speak out on living in care.

Coram Voice and The Rees Centre (2020) The voices of children in care and care leavers on what makes life good: Recommendations for reviewing the care system.

Fletcher, B. (July 1993) Not Just a name. The views of young people in foster and residential care. A survey by the Who Cares? Trust and the National Consumer Council. National Consumer Council.

Growney, T. (ed.) (1998) Sometimes you’ve got to shout to be heard. Stories from young people in care. Voice for the Child in Care.

Howard League for Penal Reform (2018) ‘This is our story’: Children and young people on criminalisation in residential care.

King, S. (2015) Stronger foundations for ‘Making a difference, growing and evolving together’: A process evaluation of the re-launch of London Borough of Havering Children in Care Council. The Tavistock Institute.

Morgan, R. (2009) Care and prejudice. A report of children’s experience. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Morgan, R. (2008) Children’s care monitor 2008: children’s views on how care is doing. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Morgan, R. (2008) Children’s views on the publication of children’s homes inspection reports.  Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Morgan, R. (2006) About adoption: a children’s views report. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Morris, V. and Perring, N. (2020) The can in can’t. An anthology of writing by Sheffield Children in Care Council and Sheffield Care Leavers’ Union. Sheffield Children in Care Council and Sheffield Care Leavers’ Union.

Our Care Our Say (2021) ‘Is this the time people are actually going to listen?’.

Safe and Sound (1995) So who are we meant to trust now? Responding to abuse in care; the experiences of young people. NSPCC.

Selwyn, J. and Briheim-Crookall (2017) Our lives our care. Looked after children’s views on their well-being. University of Bristol and Coram Voice.

Shaw, C. (1997) Remember my messages. The experiences and views of 2000 children in public care in the UK. The Who Cares? Trust 

Stein, M. (2011) Care less lives. The story of the rights movement of young people in care. Catch 22. 

The Black Care Experience (2021)The black care experience 2021 report.

The Care Experienced Conference (2019)The conference for care experienced people Liverpool Hope University, 26th April 2019. Summary report.

The Care Experienced Conference (2019)The conference for care experienced people Liverpool Hope University, 26th April 2019. Research and academic group report.

Thomas, C. and others (1999) Adopted children speaking: A whole new world. British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Timms, J. and Thoburn, J. (2003) Your shout! A survey of the views of 706 children and young people in public care. NSPCC

Voice for the Child in Care and National Children’s Bureau (2004) Start with the child, stay with the child: A blueprint for a child-centred approach to children and young people in public care. Voice for the Child in Care.

Children’s social care

Butler, I. and Williamson, H. (1994) Children speak: Children, trauma and social work. NSPCC Longman.

Children’s Commissioner for England (2020) Unregulated: children in care living in semi-independent accommodation.   

Cossar, J., Brandon, M.  and Jordan, P. (2011) ‘Don’t make assumptions’: Children’s and young people’s views of the child protection system and messages for change. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (2020) Careless: Helping to improve council services to children in care.

Manning, J., Clifton, J. and McDonald, C. (2014) ‘I think you need someone to show you what help there is’. Parental alcohol misuse: uncovering and responding to children’s needs at a local level. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

Morgan, R. (2007) Children on care standards: children’s views on national minimum standards for children’s social care. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Morgan, R. (2006) About social workers: a children’s views report. Office of Children’s Rights Director, Ofsted.

Oliver, C. (2010) Children’s views and experiences of their contact with social workers: A focused review of the evidence. Children’s Workforce Development Council.

Schofield, G. and Thoburn, J. (1996) Child protection. The voice of the child in decision-making. Institute for Public Policy Research.

Children in custody

Berelowitz, S. (2011) ‘I think I must have been born bad’. Emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people in the youth justice system. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. 

The Lord Carlile of Berriew QC (2006) An independent inquiry into the use of physical restraint, solitary confinement and forcible strip searching of children in prisons, secure training centres and local authority secure children’s homes. Howard League for Penal Reform. 

Children’s Rights Alliance for England (2012) Ending violence against children in custody. Findings from research with children and young people. CRAE. 

Dempsey, M. (2020) Injustice or in justice: Children and the justice system. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England.   

Goldson, B. (2002) Vulnerable inside. Children in secure and penal settings. The Children’s Society. 

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (2021) Children in custody 2019–20. An analysis of 12–18-year-olds’ perceptions of their experiences in secure training centres and young offender institutions

Howard League for Penal Reform (2010) Life inside 2010. A unique insight into the day to day experiences of 15-17 year-old males in prison. Howard League for Penal Reform. 

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (2019) Safe inside? Child sexual abuse in the youth secure estate

Longfield, A. and Casey, L. (2018) Voices from the inside: The experiences of girls in secure training centres. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England.   

Prisons Ombudsman (2001) Listening to young prisoners. A review of complaints procedures in young offender institutions by the Prisons Ombudsman.

User Voice (2011) Young people’s views on safeguarding in the secure estate. Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. 

Willow, C. (2015) Children behind bars. Why the abuse of child imprisonment must end. Policy Press.

Memoirs written by adults who were in care

Ashcroft, B. (2013) Fifty-one moves. Waterside Press.
Cooper, M. (2013) Mini & me. Ziji Publishing Ltd.
Daniels, H. and Livingstone, M. (2014) Hackney child. A true tale of surviving poverty and the care system. Simon and Schuster.
Gaskin, G. with MacVeigh, J. (2005) A boy called Graham. The shocking true story of my forgotten childhood. John Blake Publishing Ltd.
Huggins, M. (2009) I’ll love you if. Psychology News Press.
Jackson, D. L. (2018) Oi. Pay attention. This gets rocky. UK Book Publishing.
Riddell, M. (1996) The cornflake kid. Partnership Publications.
Sissay, L. (2019) My name is why. A memoir. Canongate.
Wild, C. (2018) Damaged: Heartbreaking stories of the kids trapped in Britain’s broken care system. Blink Publishing.

Our reading lists are a work in progress, which we are adding to all of the time. Please let us know about any books or reports which you think we should include. We are looking for publications in England where children and young people’s views and experiences are the complete or main focus. Many thanks for your help.