“Involving Children and Young People: what more could we do”? Sally Withington October 14 th 2005. Salford Children and Young People’s Partnership Board. Why do we want to involve young people? Which young people do we want to involve? What will happen as a result of their involvement?.
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Sally Withington October 14th 2005.Salford Children and Young People’s Partnership Board
Participation does not just mean “taking part” or “being present”
“Sometimes when you ask for something to be changed they don’t do anything. They don’t give a reply. They don’t listen to you. They should at least give us a reply”
Children and young people are involved inmaking the decisions
Children and young people share the power and responsibility for making decisions
Children and young people make their own decisions and are helped to implement them4 levels of Participation
Adults ask young people if bullying is a problem in schools. They tell them it’s getting worse but head teachers say they are stamping it out. The police say that they think things are improving.
What would we do if this happened in Salford?What level do we want in Salford?
Who decided that membership of the Partnership Board was the best way?
How can we make sure that their views really do shape what the Board does?Who plans the participation?
Older teenagers could manage consultation with younger children. Southwark is doing this.
Children and young people contributing at every level of council processes: Youth Parliament, Shadow Scrutiny Panel. Telford & Wrekin is doing this.
Gateshead has a youth Assembly that links with Schools Councils and is chaired by ex LACWhat more could we do?
Lewisham votes each year for a Young Mayor – 7,000 young citizens voted for this year’s Mayor. He/she has a budget of £25,000 to spend on improving the lives of young people.
In Lambeth the Youth Council carried out peer reviews and inspections of the library and youth services – they decided from what needed to be improved.
Young people in Lambeth said that the Stop and Search practice of the police worried them. They were given the money and help to make a video about what the problem was. The video is now used to ask other youngsters what they think. The police also learned from the exercise.