Reconstruct UK

Welcome to the Milton Keynes Children’s Voice project information resource.
Below you will find lots of helpful information on who we are as an organisation and the different services we will be providing to young people in Milton Keynes.

Reconstruct is the provider for the following services available for your young people

ADVOCACY SERVICES

INDEPENDENT VISITING

RETURN TO HOME INTERVIEWS

Reg. 44 Visits to Children's Homes

A little bit about us

Reconstruct has over 30 years’ experience of developing and delivering training, consultancy, quality assurance and compliance services to a range of organisations, as well as direct services to vulnerable young people.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults is at the centre of the work Reconstruct undertakes. Incoprorating the needs of our partners, and the children they support, is paramount.

Together with the local authorities we partner with, we strive to secure the best possible outcomes in respect of access to services with the provision of professional and appropriate training; supportive consultancy and compassionate direct delivery of services. We offer a full range of services designed to make positive change, develop strong ethical practice and promote better outcomes for the individuals being cared for. But don’t take our word for it – see what some of our children think about our services in the video above!

Advocacy Services

An advocate is someone who provides support to children and young people in care, care leavers and children and young people who are subject to a Child Protection Conference.

Advocacy means to speak up for someone and there are some groups of people who may need more help that others – in this case, vulnerable children and young people. It’s about making sure that children have a say in decisions that affect their life. Advocacy is about making things change because children’s voices are heard and listened to.

Who is eligible for this service?

The Children in Care Advocacy Service will provide support and advocacy for children in care aged 0-18 years and care leavers up to aged 25 who are placed both in and out of the authority area

Please note, the following categories are entitled to support from the Adult Advocacy Service and are not included in the Children’s Advocacy Service:

Any referrals for the above categories will not be processed and will be sent back to referrer.

Independent Visiting

An Independent Visitor (IV) is an adult volunteer who is independent of Social Services. Their role is to establish a supportive and long term relationship with a young person built on trust. They will guide and listen to a young person, helping to build their self-esteem and develop new interests and skills over time.

Who is eligible for this service?

Independent Visitors will not be available to care leavers. However, where a child has an existing relationship with an Independent Visitor, and they become a care leaver, this can continue if the young person deems it beneficial. Click to jump to the Moving On section which provides more detail on this.

making a referral

We encourage all staff to promote the service and let carers and young people know that we are here to support. Our user friendly poster for Carers can be downloaded here, so feel free to circulate to your carers as well as print and pop up within the council buildings.

Return to Home Interviews

We can provide experienced workers to undertake interviews with children who have been missing from care. The level of independence will provide an opportunity to look at each episode individually and within the context of the history of the individual child. Any patterns emerging and any concerns regarding CSE, risk of grooming, inappropriate peer relationships, bullying or any other concerns will be reported immediately after the interview.

Who is eligible for this service?

Looked After Children up to 18 years of age who live outside the borough of Milton Keynes boundary, regardless of how the Police rate their level of risk

Return to Home interviews for all Looked After Children living inside the borough of Milton Keynes boundary, and non Looked After Children, will be conducted by the Milton Keynes Council Youth Faculty.

Regulation 44 Visits

Reconstruct have been providing Regulation 44 visitors for over 10 years and currently have a team of professionals delivering this service across the UK. Our team have extensive experience of working in residential children’s homes, have been registered managers and registered individuals and therefore are very familiar with the regulations, the inspection process and how to deliver services which work to improve the life chances and outcomes for children in care.

Help us spread the word!

We really want to get the word out that we are providing the advocacy and IV services to young people in Milton Keynes and encourage you and your teams to share our information resources the young people you work with.