ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses the educational psychologist (EP) or associated professional concerning supporting and enabling children’s and young people’s decision-making, as well as eliciting, recording and reporting the child’s or young person’s views, wishes and feelings about the particular issue. Basic knowledge includes the legislative context, as well as the theory and research evidence demonstrating the benefits to children and young people of being able to participate in and make decisions. All EPs and associated professionals should be fully conversant with the legal duties set out in the SEND Code of Practice and the Mental Capacity Act Codes of Practice. In relation to decision-making, establishing good practice is fundamental for eliciting and keeping records of children’s and young people’s views, wishes and feelings, to enable these to be accurately represented to other education, health or social care professionals and parents.