Participation of Children and Young People

Lancashire is committed to children and young people being empowered; participating in the services they receive and the communities in which they live.

The purpose of the Active Participation Strategy, which was endorsed by Lancashire Children and Young People's Trust Board in June 2011, is:

  • to set out our commitment to implementing a common approach for the participation of children and young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of services and priorities
  • to outline our vision to empower children and young people to become active citizens within their localities, the county and the country

An action plan sets out how we intend to implement the strategy and the Lancashire Participation Network brings together professionals from services and organisations across Lancashire to support the implementation.  A participation checklist and a number of 'How to...' guides are also in place to support the strategy by offering practical guidance in developing and embedding participative practices.

A group of pupils from West Lancashire Community High School has also produced a short film showing a number of principles which they believe decision makers should think about when they are seeking the views of children and young people with disabilities.

Some young people were involved in presenting at various Neglect events held by the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board, and we have captured their presentation on film.  Their core messages about the importance of listening and involving young people come through clearly and powerfully:

Participation Groups

A number of groups are in place to allow children and young people to participate in various projects, initiatives and decision making across Lancashire.  Click here to find out about the major participation groups.

Training

An e-learning module is available to support professionals in their approaches to enabling children and young people to participate - the training can be accessed here.

Half day briefing sessions are also held periodically and dates will be advertised via this web page.  If you which to discuss any training needs, please contact Hannah Peake, Strategy Lead for Children and Young People's Participation.

Quality Assurance

A Quality Assurance Mark was developed, with the support of young people, to act as an encouraging and aspirational tool to help get participation right for children and young people across Lancashire.  In supporting and assessing organisations, services and partnerships who apply for the mark, we aim to provide clear pathways and solutions to improve and embed participation.

Click here to find out more.