The county’s looked after children and young people can now easily express their views
The MOMO or Mind of my Own app is being used by Herefordshire Council’s looked after children to enable them to express their views and have a voice on the care they receive.
The mobile app and website allows children and young people who are looked after by the council to quickly and easily express their views, whenever they like, without having to wait to see their social worker. It’s designed for children of all ages and captures their thoughts, views and emotions, to not only enable social workers to better understand them, but also ensure their voice is heard.
The council currently has just over 300 looked after children and 33 of them are now using the app to have a say on their care.
Councillor Jonathan Lester, Cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, said:
“The MOMO app is a great way for children and young people to express their views using their mobile, at a time convenient for them, as well as helping our social workers to develop care plans which are clearly focused on the best outcomes for the child.
“We want to ensure that all our looked after children are able to experience the benefits of MOMO. It’s suitable for children, including those with learning disabilities, and is a safe and secure online platform. I’d encourage parents, carers and professionals to take a look at the app and consider how it could help the child they look after.”
One of our children using the app, told us:
“It’s a brilliant, easy to use app. It gives me a say in what happens to me and I really love the emoji’s.”
To find out more about the app and how it could help a child you care for, take a look at the below short animated MOMO film on Vimeo.
To express an interest in using the app, please contact the council’s children’s wellbeing business support team at email@example.com.
Published: Wednesday, 7th February 2018