Participation of children & young people

We have three forums where children and young people can participate to be heard and influence:

  • Young Voice for ages 6 to 10
  • Youth Voice for ages 11 to 15
  • Your Voice for ages 16 to 25

These forums are there to provide an independent voice for ‘children in care’ and ‘care leavers’ to help them make changes to local and national procedures and legislation that affect their lives.

For the Young Voice (ages 6 to 10) forum sessions will be held 6 to 8 weekly with some additional sessions in school holidays. This will be play based but themes will underpin the sessions so that the children can contribute to the development of services for children and young people.

For Youth Voice (ages 11 to 15) and Your Voice (16 to 25) forums will be run every two weeks (alternately); these will be interactive sessions. One aspect of the session will be the development of Corporate Parenting workshops to be held 4 times a year. There will also be information sharing sessions to support children and young people’s knowledge on why social workers and partner agencies do what they do. Children and young people will also be involved in wider consultation to contribute to the development of services for children and young people.

The forums will lead 4 Corporate Parenting events a year ensuring that matters that affect children and young people in care and leaving care are raised and discussed with those who can influence how Bradford Children’s Services are run.

The forums will undertake commissioned work that enables the voice of child to be integrated into service delivery.

The forums will hold meetings and develop ideas and projects that will improve the lives of children and young people in care and care leavers. The forums will also listen to ideas about how we can improve how adults work with children in care and care leavers

The forums will also get involved in training (this includes student social workers at University, newly qualified social workers and foster carers), interviews of staff entering social care (at all levels) and other processes where the voice of the child or young person is needed to improve service delivery.

The forums will send out a newsletter quarterly to children and young people in care. The newsletter is called ‘Your Participation News’.

For further information, contact:

Emily Rhodes – Participation Coordinator: 07582 102 355
Mick Nolan – Participation Officer: 07977 235 992

There is an email for all communications: