“Was not Heard film” … 'Young People have the right to be listened to, and taken seriously’

The Multi-Agency Learning and Development Group are pleased to announce the release of a short film advocating the right of children to be heard and the duty of those working with them to act.

The film was scripted, performed and produced with young people from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, using their voices to deliver this important message.

The virtual premiere took place on the 11th July 2020 to an invited audience and the film is available here and on the Leicester SCPB website.

Please click on the following links

https://vimeo.com/386349500 (without subtitles)

https://vimeo.com/386347807 (with sound and subtitles)

Now available on the County Council YouTube channel https://youtu.be/S0vr7yMT0Lo

Voice of the Child (VoC)

Acknowledgement: The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Voluntary & Community Sector have kindly put together these resources for all to use.

Learning from Serious Case Reviews repeatedly highlights to us all the absolute importance of listening to 'The Voice of the Child'. The Voice of the Child also includes babies who are pre-verbal and children with disabilities who may communicate in more varied ways. It is important to ensure that we listen to children and young people, take time to observe babies/children and try our utmost to understand all children's lived experiences of their daily life.

Below is a useful resource to support opportunities for gaining the voice of the child and links to some really useful video clips

Youth Services (Leicester City Council) - How will you hear me?


Neglect (NSPCC) - Michelle's Story


Adverse Childhood Experiences (NHS Health Scotland)


Are You Listening?

Funded by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland's Violence Reduction Network, the film entitled 'Are you listening' aims to raise awareness of the issue of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), some of the signs that could indicate a child is in danger and where you can go for help and support. It is important we all play an active role in tackling this issue.

For further information on the film, and to view it, please follow this link to the Leicestershire Police webpage, which includes signs to look out for.

For further information on CCE and County Lines, please click here.