Participation Team

What is participation, the purpose of the team and what we do.

What do we mean by participation in the context of children's services?

Participation describes the ways in which we involve young people in decision making, both at the level of services they are receiving and also in getting their views more generally about the type of service we offer. It is a way of ensuring the voice of children and young people is heard when decisions are made.

Participation is the right to be involved in making decisions, planning and reviewing an action that might affect your life; having a voice, having a choice.


The purpose of the team is to find ways of ensuring children and young people have a means to express their views about the services we provide. We do this by:

  • working with young people to provide child friendly documents
  • supporting young people to present their views to a wide range of professionals
  • training young people to take part in recruitment and commissioning of services
  • providing training and consultation to staff about children and young people's participation
  • planning and delivering consultation events where young people are asked for their views on services we offer

Who is in the team

The participation team is made up of the;

  • 1 Participation Manager
  • 1 Participation Officer
  • 15 Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children and Young People
  • 1 Business Admin Apprentice

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