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“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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Salford children and young people s partnership board

“Involving Children and Young People: what more could we do”?

Sally Withington October 14th 2005.

Salford Children and Young People’s Partnership Board


Challenge to the board

Why do we want to involve young people? do”?

Which young people do we want to involve?

What will happen as a result of their involvement?

Challenge to the Board



“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”


4 levels of participation

The views of children and young people are don’t do anything. They don’t give a reply. They don’t listen to you. They should at least give us a reply”taken into account

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 them

4 levels of Participation


What level do we want in salford

Think about this situation: don’t do anything. They don’t give a reply. They don’t listen to you. They should at least give us a reply”

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 plans the participation

How are Salford children and young people shaping how they will be involved?

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?


Best practice

Haringey, Kingston, Birmingham, Essex and Suffolk all held a “Have Your Say Event” where children and young people decided how they would participate.

Best Practice


What more could we do

A Shadow Board made up of young people that considers items and forms a view that is brought to the full Board by our young people. Sandwell is doing this

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 LAC

What more could we do?



  • 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.

  • In Haringey young people delivered presentations to Councillors- around the 5 Outcomes. One said afterwards “I hope you use our ideas because we are the future”


  • 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.


Barriers to participation

Young people said they needed to know: 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.

What kind of participation do we want?

How much/ how often?

Where and when?

How would we answer them?

Barriers to Participation


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