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Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge 2017

The 2017 Takeover Challenge will launch on 24 November and a number of activities have already been confirmed to take place under the Takeover Challenge banner.

Partners are encouraged to take part in this initiative, both on the day and throughout the year.  

Takeover Challenge 2017 activities

To date, the following activities are being planned as part of the 2017 Takeover Challenge:

  • The Director of Children and Young People's Services and Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People's Services will meet with two groups of young people (14 and under, and over 15) to discuss their roles and responsibilities and to gather young people's views of life in County Durham.
  • Durham County Council's Children and Young People's Overview and Scrutiny Committee will host their September 2017 meeting at Seaham High School, enabling young people to participate in the meeting and ask any questions they may have directly to the Committee.  The meeting will focus on:
    • Summary of Ofsted results
    • Elective Home Education
    • Management of exclusions
    • Student voice survey 2017
  • The Partnerships team will work with Health Trainers and the GRT nurse to host a family fun day on 31st August 2017 with the Gypsy Roma Traveller community, including children and young people, to ensure the voice of this hard to reach group is heard.  The event will also provide an update on the actions that have been taken to address the issues raised at the 2016 family fun day
  • NEPACS North East Prisoner Family Support have expressed an interest in bringing young people and education colleagues together to discuss the issues faced by young people in schools, whose parents are in prison and will ask for an action plan to be developed outlining how these young people and their families can be supported
  • Young People from the Children in Care Council will take over two Corporate Parenting Panel meetings.  The young people will set the agenda, book venues and facilitate meetings.  The first of these is scheduled to take place on 24th October 2017
  • Police Cadets will work with the Fire Service to undertake engagement on a range of areas
  • Young People from Willington Primary School will meet with Taylor Shaw, the school's meal provider, to share their views on school meals
  • The Police, Crime and Victim's Commissioner will be:
    • Asking the Police Cadets to elect a Young PCVC (YPCVC), at their meeting on 28 September. Candidates for the position will present their manifestos, and then a secret ballot will be held. We will gain press coverage of this
    • Giving the YPCVC a budget of £10,000-£20,000 to allocate to a project(s) to support community safety, with a focus on young people
    • Asking young people to bid to that fund, for projects
    • Holding a meeting in November of Police Cadets and Mini Police at which a project(s) will be selected
    • The YPCVC will shadow the PCVC on Takeover Challenge day; Last year he helped launch the Local Safeguarding Young People Strategy, he was held to account at a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel, and he spent time with the Police Interceptors. He was also interviewed in a number of local radio interviews
  • Mini Police will get involved in a piece of work around Road Safety work
  • The LSCB Annual Report for Young People has be reproduced for 2016-17.  It is primarily an interactive electronic document and is best viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone.  The format has been so well received that it will be used as the basis to form a package for schools to deliver, to raise awareness of abuse
  • Regeneration and Local Services' Housing Solutions team are keen to be involved in the Takeover Challenge and are currently considering engagement activities.
  • Young people from the Children in Care Council will be invited to get involved in the development of the Corporate Parenting Panel annual report to ensure it is child friendly and easy to read.

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