Participation

We ensure that the voices of children and young people are heard, taken seriously and increasingly influence and inform local service improvements as well as regional and national policy and strategy.

  • We do this by creating opportunities, largely through formal governance structures, for children and young people to voice their views and ideas by working directly with children and young people and with adults.
  • We support Lincolnshire Youth Cabinet, the Youth Parliament and Voices for Choices (V4c- looked after children’s council) to facilitate changes and improvements in local services by their working with key staff and elected members e.g. Children and Young People’s Scrutiny and Corporate Parenting Panel.
  • We link closely to other programmes supported by Children’s Services including the Young Inspectors, Young carers and other teams within the Youth Development Hub and Localities to enable young people to influence products and services provided for them.
  • We work to support, educate and inform what happens within LCC. We are currently working closely with LCC Commissioning and Looked After Children Education Services. Further, we share the national picture regarding children’s rights and responsibilities and best participation practice
  • We work in partnership with other local authorities and regional and national bodies such as the Regional Directors of Children’s Services group, Children’s Commissioner for England, British Youth Council, Department For Education and Who Cares? Trust.

Did you Know

  • We hosted the two most recent information gathering visits to the East Midlands region by the Children’s Commissioner for England, bringing together vulnerable children and young people with their support workers from across the East Midlands to influence policy and priority setting for the Children’s Commissioner’s office.
  • We organised a children and young people consultation on the Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy. Primary and secondary schools attended as well as the formal youth groups and it was facilitated by young carers. Comments and ideas have formed a report which has fed into the overall strategy.
  • We also organised the countywide consultation with children and young people on the Libraries project. Their views were fed back in a report which was used to develop the library project strategy.
  • We organised the annual FAB awards, showcasing the achievements of looked after children. In 2015 over 300 children and young people won awards.
  • We manage the V4C executive group of looked after children and young people who are responsible for ensuring opinions and needs of looked after children are heard, listened to and acted on by Children’s Services. 

Participation Queries

John Herbert
Tel: 01522 555518
Email: john.herbert@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 4 November 2015

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