Participation is the active involvement of children, young people and families in the planning, delivery and monitoring of services.
All those who work directly, or indirectly, with children or young people in Hampshire should recognise the importance of their role to integrate participation into daily practice.
Hampshire County Council has a new Participation Strategy for children and young people. The Strategy:
The Children’s Service's Participation Team is part of Youth Support Services. It consists of three Participation Officers.
The team advises and supports practitioners working with children and young people aged 0-19, including those aged 19 - 25 who are care leavers or have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
The team work to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as promoters, facilitators and advisers on participation. They provide advice 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 review of services.
This information is also available as a leaflet, which is free to download 266kb (Adobe PDF format)
The team have a range of practical resources to support participative practice that can be adapted to suit different ages and abilities. These include:
KEEpads - an electronic voting system that enables a powerpoint presentation to become interactive and engaging, where consultation and election results can be immediately viewed. The team have 200 KEEpads available to loan. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (Download KEEpads Poster 1mb.)
The Game - is an interactive community building exercise that enables participants to construct their own neighbourhood by choosing housing, transport, leisure activities, businesses and services whilst understanding how to spend within a specified budget. It then enables young people to examine and prioritise issues within the community.
Equally Yours Session 3 23kb (board game)
all @ 6 s & 7 s is an interactive guide containing activities that will help young children learn more about themselves and identify what they can take to and offer their new school. It will also help them identify any areas that they may want to look at or think of improving before, during and after making the move from Year 6 to Year 7.
'You said - we did'- A simple and effective method of feeding back what has happened as a result of service users input.
How Politics Affects - Resources from the Electoral Commission that outline the aspects of everyday life that are effected by politics.
Contact the Participation Team