Young people in care, and care leavers, will be taking over Barnsley Council for the day this Friday (20 November). The activities are being organised as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s annual Takeover Challenge.
Takeover Challenge is a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England which puts children and young people into decision-making roles. Organisations and businesses benefit as they gain a fresh insight into their work by listening to children’s ideas and experiences.
The young people in care and care leavers from Barnsley will spend the day involved in decision-making. During the morning, young people will be given the opportunity to come up with questions, or areas where they would like to see improvements in the council.
Jade Beaumont, who will be part of the Takeover Challenge, said: “I expect to find out more about how the council works and understand the variety of work people do and how the departments work together to make sure everyone gets a service.
“I think it will be very interesting finding out what it is like to be the Chief Executive for such a large organisation. Earlier this week I accompanied the Diana Terris to watch the demolition of the Central Offices, and I am looking forward to meeting more new people as I think it will help me gain more confidence at work.”
Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, said children and young people bring fresh ideas, imagination and energy to the roles they take over, and they challenge stereotypes that are heard too often.“Takeover Challenge gets people to work differently and helps individuals and organisations understand the needs of children and young people,” she said. “I am thrilled to see thousands of children, adults and organisations have taken up the challenge and the amazing Takeovers happening in all sectors right across the country.”
To find out more about Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge events visit www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover-challenge