Wakefield Council set for a “takeover” by young people

​Date: 17/11/2015
Ref: PR 5111

Wakefield Council is to join organisations across the country in a national day to give children and young people the opportunity to see first-hand how decisions are made and how the Council is run.

The Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day this year falls on November 20 and is expected to involve thousands of people nationwide.

Councillors and senior officers at Wakefield Council are taking part, giving local young people the chance to shadow them at work, voice their opinions and experience the day-to-day business of a local authority.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, deputy cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, who is taking part, said she was looking forward to being teamed up with a young person for the day.

"This is an exciting programme offering young people an insight into the world of work. I am looking forward to seeing what I do from a young person's perspective and involving them in how decisions are made," said Cllr Speight.

"I hope they will enjoy the day as much as I am sure I will."

The Council's corporate director for children and young people, John Wilson, who is also taking part, said it was important that children and young people had the opportunity to take part in the working day of the Council so they could gain understanding and put forward their own views and opinions.

"All of our work with children, young people and families is based on us listening to their views about what works for them and what doesn't. Takeover Day extends this principle by providing opportunities for a young person to find out what the Council does and to give us their views about what they see," said Mr Wilson.

The day gives participants a chance to "takeover" an organisation, get experience of a real-work environment, take responsibility and play an active part in making decisions.

National organisers are hoping that the day will act as a launch pad for a Takeover Challenge to involve children and young people in decision-making beyond the national day of action.