The Child’s Voice

Helping children talk and express their feelings about what is happening in their lives is central to the whole Hamish & Milo approach – time to share experiences, develop empathy and friendships in a small group environment of safety, value and belonging.

“They just wouldn’t speak this freely in a busy classroom.”

The environment and sense of psychological safety that the small group and context of the intervention offers, allows children to really express themselves and feel heard and through our child voice questionnaires, children are given the means to share their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on their experiences.

Within a whole school context, it is essential that children feel listened to and have a sense of agency in their lives. Giving children opportunities to feel heard and valued is essential in creating wellbeing cultures in schools, as well as being vital for mental health, relationships and social and emotional development.

“Pupil voice in schools means a whole-school commitment to listening to the views, wishes and experiences of all children and young people. It means placing value on what children and young people tell school staff about their experiences.”¹

Multiple factors can mask a child’s voice and capacity to be heard and this can range from fear of not being listened to, a lack of opportunity to talk about their experiences, compliance within adult expectations and boundaries, lack of confidence or belief in themselves as well as uncomfortable and often unconscious feelings due to adverse childhood experiences.

Our child’s voice questionnaire is an opportunity to capture a sense of where a child is at prior to one of the Hamish & Milo wellbeing intervention groups and then show the difference in their perception of what has changed, any new feelings and the development of self-awareness. The child’s voice questionnaires are child friendly and create a visual expression of their experience of their social and emotional journey.


The children are also encouraged to draw themselves

Childs Voice Hamish & Milo Example 1
Hamish & Milo Child Drawing