I can heartily recommend Mark Kingwell’s article in the Guardian yesterday.
Gatherings of PEN, the international freedom of expression group, always feature an empty chair for a missing writer, in prison or under house arrest elsewhere in the world. Somewhat less sublimely, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos apparently insists on having an empty chair at every company meeting: the chair represents the customer, according to Bezos "the most important person in the room".
Now that’s a thought that could be taken into child protection and, more generally, into children’s social work. What about an empty chair for the child at every meeting that s/he cannot attend personally: a strategy meeting, a team meeting, a supervision session?