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In Derbyshire, there are a number of different meetings which make sure that services for children and young people run smoothly and provide services which are children and young person friendly and good quality. We're always looking for young people to get involved.

We're always looking for young people's representatives to make sure that the voice of children and young people is clearly represented. The young people who attend are listened to and what they say can change the decisions that are made and how things are done. Here we list some of the meetings we would like young people to be involved.

Participation working group

The participation working group meets every eight weeks. It's made up of organisations, services and groups that directly work with children and young people and promote Article 12.

The group includes:

  • schools
  • colleges
  • youth groups
  • children in care councils
  • voluntary and community organisations.

We try to make sure that all young people are asked their views about different services that we provide. We also try to make sure we think about a wide range of issues which affect young people when we are planning how we can make sure they take part.

Children in Care Council steering group

The Children in Care Council steering group meets every month to plan:

  • how the Children in Care Council should work
  • what activities we do
  • who we should talk to about what the Children in Care Council have told us needs to happen.

The group includes:

  • young people
  • foster carers
  • independent reviewing officers
  • children in care nurses
  • participation workers. 

We definitely need more young people helping us with this work. If you're interested please get in touch.

Recruiting staff and making decisions about buying or developing services

We often get asked if we know of any children and young people who would like to be involved in recruiting our staff by designing interview questions or sitting on a young person's interview panel.

When young people are involved in designing new services or changing existing services which young people use, it really helps us. This is because young people know what it's like to be a young person who uses a service. It helps us make sure that the service is young person friendly for the other young people who will use it.

Making sure we communicate with children properly

We always try to make sure that when we communicate with children and young people we use ways of communicating which children can understand. This includes producing versions of our reports specifically for children and young people. Because we're all adults, we need help from children and young people to get this right.

Young people have told us that what they don't like is when adults try to sound like a young person, when they're not. If you'd be interested in helping us to make sure that our information is young person friendly, please get in touch.

We're always looking for children and young people to give us their views or take part in our work. If you're interested in getting involved in any of the things above please get in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you.

To contact the participation team email: childrens.rights@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 535787.