On 18 November 2016, it was national “Takeover Day”. This annual day, led by the office of the Children’s Commissioner, encourages organisations to open their doors and listen to the views of children and young people.
In Coventry children and young people from all over the city took part by taking over in a variety of places including their schools, colleges, the Belgrade Theatre and Coventry City Council. The police, and Public Health also got involved.
Sheila Bates, Coventry’s Children’s Champion, said: “It was a great day, organisations benefited from hearing first hand, from children and young people, about the services they access and their ideas for developing those services.
“It is important that we remember to involve children and young people all year round, and do not just leave it until Takeover Day”.
Olivia McFadden, Chair of Coventry Youth Council, agreed and added “It is important that young people feel valued when meeting with the city’s decision makers so that together we can improve services.”
Read their experiences in their own words.