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Crying is the beginning of the voice of the child and a voice that needs to be listened to and acted upon. ‘The workers need to find the confidence and listen to this appropriate crying and not try to hush it up, allowing the child to use their voice’. The voice of the child is one aspect of British values – namely democracy – that acknowledges their voice, allows them choice and encourages them in their decision-making, supporting them to be valued members of their community. Ultimately, children should be free to make their own choices, voice personal opinions with a responsible attitude and have a sense of identity and belonging without fear of discrimination. To have an effective voice, children need to have a self-awareness and self-belief as it helps them to care for others rather than having poor self-esteem, looking outwards and hurting others.