Children's Services

What is Participation?

Participation is the active involvement of children, young people and families in the planning, delivery and monitoring of services that brings about positive change. Hampshire County Councils (HCC) Childrens Services Department is committed to Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Participation in Hampshire

Children’s Services teams and individuals who work both directly and  indirectly with children and  young people aged 0-19, and up to age 25 for  care leavers and those with learning difficulties, recognise the importance of integrating participation into daily practice and service plans.

To support this work Childrens Services has a Participation Officer who work as a promoter, facilitator and adviser on participation. They support managers and practitioners to ensure that all children, young people and their families/carers are at the heart of service delivery and are regularly consulted on the planning and reviewing of services.

How are we making it happen?

Children’s Services has a number of user engagement opportunities  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 392kB to ensure our services are shaped by those that use them. The voice of children, young people and their families is at the heart of service planning and evaluation at all levels throughout the council.

Participation activity includes;

  • consultations
  • in-depth 1-2-1s
  • conferences
  • activity days
  • questionnaires
  • social media
  • advisory panels
  • KEEpad Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 1mb
  • commissioning and tendering processes
  • focus groups
  • interviewing staff
Contact the Participation Team

Useful Hampshire websites

  • Hampshire County Youth Conference
  • UK Youth Parliament
  • Youth Voice Representatives
  • Children in Care - Spark
  • Tell us what you think