Participation and Engagement Group
The LSCB is committed to developing a safeguarding system that supports children and young people to be engaged participants in their own lives. The LSCB Children and Young People Engagement and Participation Strategy can be found here.
Participation is defined by the LSCB as:
"Participation is a process where someone influences decisions about their lives and this leads to change." (Treseder, 1997)
The participation of children and young people can be focused on matters and decisions that relate to them as individuals or to them as a group.
Participation is most usefully viewed as a multi-layered concept depending on the uniqueness and diversity of the child or young person involved, the matters being discussed and the decisions being made. (Appendix B has examples of partnership models/activity).
Participation is an on-going process of engagement and involvement not an event.
Trust and positive relationships between adults and children and young people are essential to effective participation.
Source: Treseder, P. (1997) Empowering children and young people training manual: promoting involvement in decision-making. Save the Children.
Children and Young People Shadow Board
The LSCB has created a Children and Young People Shadow Board made up of children and young people with the support of the Young Advisors Group. The group has recruited young people through various methods including contacting several organisations that they work closely with such as the Young People’s Council, The Big Mouth Forum, The Children in Care Council and active and enthusiastic young people in youth centres across the city. Work has been undertaken to ensure the shadow board members are aware of what their roles are as well as what the role of the organisation. A key task for the shadow board members is to identify what their priorities are and understand the local agenda and priorities of the LSCB. The Young Advisers Group is engaged with safeguarding issues and will support the CYP Shadow Board to undertake specific commissions on behalf of the LSCB.
The Young Advisors have created a Young Advisors Road Map which can be found here.
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