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How you can take part in your review

We think it's really important for you to have a say in your review, because it's all about you and your future.

Sometimes young people feel like grown ups make lots of important choices for them, without asking them what they think. Taking part in your review can help stop you feeling like that.

There are three different ways you can take part in your review:

  • go to your review, and speak to the people there
  • go to your review, and write down what you'd like to say so someone can read it out for you
  • don't go to your review, but write down what you'd like to say so someone can read it out for you

Your Independent Reviewing Officer (or 'IRO') will come to see you before your review. You can talk to them about your care plan and how you're feeling then. That's a good time to write down what you'd like to tell the people in your review. Even if you want to speak at your review, writing down how you feel stops you forgetting anything important.

The idea of sitting in a room with lots of people (even if you know them) and talking about how you feel can be scary. Even grown ups get scared about talking in front of people sometimes! It doesn't matter if you go a bit red or it takes a little while until you're ready to speak. We all want the best for you, and it's really important for you to say how you're feeling. So no one is going to laugh at you or make you feel bad.

If you don't want to go to your review, your IRO will come and see you afterwards. They'll tell you what was said, and whether any changes are being made to your care plan.