Originally developed as an information source for children and young people, our website, Reach, can be a valuable resource for parents, carers and professionals too. Below, our Children’s Rights and Communications officer, Robert, explains why.
Launched in 2017, Reach, has been created for and with children and young people and is part of Enquire’s wider information and advice service. The information included on the site is a direct result of listening to and including children and young people. They have helped identify important themes and shape advice.
All of the pages are designed to be as accessible as possible. Through the use of our accessibility tool, Recite Me, you can have the pages read aloud. Recite me can also translate text and read aloud a different language. It’s possible to change the colour theme, make text bigger and define words that appear using the built-in dictionary. This tool is also used on the Enquire site.
Over the last year we have spoken to lots of children and young people about their experiences of education and how they like to get information and advice about support with their learning.
Many told us that their preference is to get information directly from a person that they know and trust. For example, this could be a family member, teacher, youth worker or support worker.
If you are a parent, carer or professional who supports a child, this might be you.
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start and how to find the right information. This is where Reach can help.
Although Reach is primarily for children and young people, it can prove a valuable resource for adults too. It offers guidance, advice and resources relating to children’s rights, school life and personal experiences.
Below, we list some of the ways that Reach can help you to support your child, or the children you work with.
Reach hosts a section dedicated to Children’s Rights.
Our pages outline what rights are and why they matter. Using accessible language, we identify how these might relate to a young person and their life and experiences.
We also cover Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) and the UNCRC.
You can use these pages to chat with children about what their rights are and what they might look like in real life, both in and out of school.
A source of advice
The advice section on Reach has four categories;
- Help in school
- Changing or leaving school
- Missing school.
In each section there are pages offering advice on different areas of school life.
Our series ‘All about ASL’ also looks at different additional support needs and how these might impact a young person in their learning.
We also include comments from children who share their own experiences and what has helped them.
Learning from the Inclusion Ambassadors
The Inclusion Ambassadors are a group of secondary school aged pupils from across Scotland who have a range of additional support needs. They meet regularly to talk about their experiences and how to make learning environments more inclusive.
On Reach, the Inclusion Ambassadors have their very own section. The information here gives an insight into what other children and young people with additional support needs think about school. It outlines their vision for how things could be improved. This section also covers more practical things, like tips about how they would like people to communicate in school.
We think it’s important that children and young people can find out about the things that can affect them and their learning in a way that is accessible and easy to understand.
In order to help do this, we created a ‘News’ section on Reach. Here, you can find the latest news to do with additional support for learning in Scotland, written with young people in mind.
You can use it to help your child understand any changes or developments that can have an impact on their lives.
Reach is a platform to share and raise awareness of what really matters to children and young people with additional support needs. Although a tool for children and young people themselves, it is a valuable resource for anyone who is supporting young people with additional support needs in Scotland today.
Robert Doyle is Enquire’s Children’s Rights and Communications Officer. He manages the Reach website and its content.
We’re keen to hear from you
If you have any suggestions for information that you or your child would like us to add to Reach, please let us know. You can email the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org