There has been a lot said in the media about children’s participation and student voice. As an advocate for children’s voice and a participation practitioner I thought i’d say what was on my mind and give you a few suggestions about how to make participation work and, more importantly, work well! Lets get something straight … Continue reading Participation is… Part 1
I read in Children & Young People Now this week, that the Confederation of Heads of Young People’s Services (CHYPS) is proposing that we should do away with the term ‘youth worker’, in favour of something that suggests a more ‘professional’ status. CHYPS are keen that qualified workers start to refer to themselves as ‘Youth … Continue reading What’s in a name?
Over the Easter holidays The Youth Association asked over 300 young people living in Leeds what they wanted from their local area. Young people were asked what they liked about where they lived, what they thought was missing, what mattered to them in the way of youth services and support services and asked to give … Continue reading 300+ young people have a voice in Leeds
Television debates, a couple of forests worth of marketing billboards, airbushing and gleaming teeth and people telling me they’re just like me (which is funny, as I wouldn’t want to be running a country, but they do, meaning that really, they’re not like me at all)… must be election time. If, like me, you care … Continue reading A good way to find out who to vote for?