Takeover Day in Knowsley

Published on: Monday, 01-December-2014

Young people in Knowsley were invited to spend a day with council officials to find out how local decision making works as part of the Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day.

The day saw young people shadowing senior members of council staff and elected members on a ‘typical’ day. It was a chance to them to ask questions and have a say about the services which support young people.

Some of the young people taking part had personal experience of the care system, or were care leavers, for whom the council has a responsibility as ‘corporate parent’. Their feedback will be used to see what services are working well for them, and any areas in which additional help and support might be needed.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, was one of those who took part in the day. He said: “It was an absolute privilege to spend the day with the young people, who were really interested in what we, as a council, do and had lots of interesting points to make.

“It is really important that we truly understand the kinds of services young people need and want, and prioritise the things that matter most to them.

“Takeover Day was a great way to do this, and I know that both the staff and young people found it a really interesting and insightful day.”