For Professionals

We’re all about helping children and young people express themselves and communicate with their workers.

Mind Of My Own helps children and young people express themselves and communicate with professionals, making sure everyone is heard. Our award-winning apps have been co-produced with children and young people to ensure they’re easily understood and encourage participation.

Participation matters to us. Both One App and Express are effective direct work tools which are used by a range of professionals including social workers, teachers and support workers.

Mind Of My Own sits at the heart of a strong community of support where practitioners share and learn to develop truly child centred communities.

Mind Of My Own helps young people to communicate what’s important to them. Don’t take our word for it. They will tell you themselves:

“I use Mind Of My Own because I’m tired of not being listened to. It’s my way of getting my point across easily and in a safe way.”

“The benefits for workers are that they can see how their child is doing. I mean how they are really doing. You can see which child really needs you at that time. Then you can be there for them. Mind Of My Own helps workers communicate with the child. It’s fun and makes sure the child is being listened to.”

Young person aged 16

“I asked one of my 11 year old’s how life was – all I got was an okay. Then I introduced him to Mind Of My Own and  WOW! What a response! The thing is that Mind Of My Own enabled the young person to express his views and feelings, helped him to communicate more and assisted in the development of our relationship. This is the most relaxed I have seen him.“

Support worker

“Participation and protection are intertwined and mutually dependent – especially when safeguarding teenagers. Mind Of My Own is a great example of embedding participative practice into the sharp end of child protection.”

Dez Holmes, Director, Research in Practice

“It has helped me to advocate for a young person with additional needs who, without the use of the Mind Of My Own apps, would not have had their voice heard in child protection meetings”

Teacher

“It is usually difficult to engage with my young person (age 12), but I found Mind Of My Own to be a very powerful tool to create a conversation and gather her views. When asked questions such as ‘what makes you angry’ and ‘what makes you sad’, she was very vocal about her thoughts and was able to get a lot off her chest.  I am now working closely with her to address these feelings and how I can support her.”

Project worker

Making the most of your resources

As well as being great direct work tools for ensuring the child’s voice is captured and evidenced Mind Of My Own apps can save workers time. For an average social worker only using Mind Of My Own to gather children’s views for statutory functions Mind Of My Own can save over a week of typing up case notes each year. One App and Express facilitate quality conversations by helping young people structure their thoughts and express their views before sending their statement as a PDF that can be easily attached to their case records. That’s all the admin needed. It takes seconds!

Understanding which children are struggling at any given point allows you to intervene at the right time for them. Early intervention is key to making cost savings further down the line. By using Mind Of My Own apps you can gather and process high quality data to target services where they are most needed both to individual children or service areas. You will achieve immediate real tangible savings in areas such as statutory functions, preventing placement breakdowns and early intervention.

Our apps are safe

It’s really important to us that children’s information is safe. We hold ISO 27001 certification, which means that all of our systems and processes are designed to safeguard information collected through our apps.

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We are ready to tell you all about how our apps are are helping to safeguard children in these difficult times.