Young people take over for day

Participants in The Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day shown in the council chamber at Hartlepool Civic Centre.

Participants in The Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day shown in the council chamber at Hartlepool Civic Centre.

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CHILDREN and young people had their say on how to run major organisations in the town.

More than 50 young people from primary and secondary schools and colleges were involved as part of The Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day, held in Hartlepool yesterday.

The annual national event, which is the idea of the Children’s Commissioner for England, gives young people the opportunity to spend the day working with adults in key organisations.

The youngsters made their voices heard at the event and gained first-hand experience of the world of work, while the adults got the benefit of a fresh, youthful perspective.

The young people spent the day shadowing councillors, the chief solicitor and representatives from Cleveland Fire Authority and Cleveland Police Authority.

Labour councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of the council’s children’s services committee, said: “Young people are the future of our town and it’s vital that we involve them at the heart of decision-making.

“They have some excellent and very refreshing views and we can – and do – learn a lot from them.”

The Hartlepool events were organised by the Participation Team in Hartlepool Borough Council’s Youth Support Service.