Takeover Day1Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day 2014

Friday 21 November 2014 

What is Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day?

The day gives children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making. Children benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do.

We hope this will help break down barriers between generations and encourage children's active involvement in their communities.

We're delighted to announce we have commissioned involver to help organise this year's Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day.  Involver is a social enterprise which works specifically on encouraging schools to involve children and young people in decision-making. They are experienced at working with primary schools, which we are in particular seeking to encourage to take part in even greater numbers this year. But if you're too old for primary school, don't worry! We still want to encourage you to take part as well.

Who can be part of it?

Organisations across every sector can be part of Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day, and we receive extremely positive feedback from those that do. It's a flexible event which can be tailored to suit your organisation, and we provide guidance, resources and support to help you get the most out of the day.

Some organisations could not take part on the day in 2013 and held it on a different day. The important thing is joining in and giving opportunities to children and young people.

Tell us what you are doing

Tell us what you are doing this year so we can help you shout about it! Here's how you can:

  • Follow us on Twitter @ChildrensComm and tweet about your #TakeoverDay


What happened in 2014?

Children across England took over adults' jobs on Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day on Friday 21st November 2014. This year they included a wide variety of roles such as Ministers, MPs, teachers, councillors, museum curators and even TV reporters! Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan; Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham; Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe; Julie Bentley, CE of Girl Guiding UK; the Mayor of Sunderland; the Cabinet Office and NHS England are just some of those who decided to take part.

We even trended on Twitter for most of the day with millions finding out about the day.  

Do not worry if you could not take part on 21st November many take overs are still taking place. So there's nothing to stop you!

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Fill in our evaluation form and get a tailored report

For this year's day we have developed a new tool to give you a personalised evaluation report of your take over. Just get everyone to fill out this form. It just takes a few minutes and can be done on computers, tablets or smartphones.

We'll send you a customised report with all the responses from your organisation and advice on how to continue and deepen your work with young people. This report can be presented to your board, funders, colleagues and other stakeholders to show how you are involving young people and the outcomes of your Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day 2014.