Mind of My Own Apps – resources for practitioners
The Mind of My Own App has been used by more than 50 local authorities as part of their offer in capturing the wishes and feelings of children and young people and it has been recognised by Ofsted as a positive communication tool for young people.
It is a secure App that can be used on most mobile phones, tablets and laptops that allows children and young people aged around 8-21 years of age to:
- raise a problem
- make a change
- have their say in a meeting
- feedback on their last meeting.
It is a quick and easy way for young people to have their voices heard, either independently or with the help of their Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO), social worker, parent/carer or other trusted person. Children and young people will be able to use the App to complete a ‘feedback statement’.
The feedback will be sought as part of the social work with the child or young person; for a looked after child this can include thoughts about their care plan, preparation for the child in care review meeting or to provide feedback on their placement. Children and young people are able to report if they feel unsafe or unhappy. It is an additional safeguard for looked after children living away from their families.
When a feedback statement is finalised, a document is automatically produced by the Mind of My Own App and sent to a bespoke mailbox within Children’s Services and a copy is placed onto the child’s file on the management information database. Information will be screened for safeguarding issues by business support trained to identify when a social worker needs to be notified of a safeguarding concern.
As of January 2017, Children’s Services have also used Mind of My Own Express – this is an App for young people with disabilities and younger children. It uses expressive pictures, minimal text and affirming sounds that can all be tailored to the individual young person’s needs. It can be used for education, health or social care planning or review process, including Education Health Care Plans (EHCP) and facilitates the participation of young people. The Mind of My Own Express App was co-designed with young people with disabilities.