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 last year?

Tesco's Chief Executive, Philip Clarke; Children's Minister, Edward Timpson; NHS England's Chief Executive, Sir David Nicholson; Chief Nursing Officer of England, Jane Cummings; Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls and Assistant Metropolitan Police Chief, Simon Byrne were just a few of the people and organisations who were taken over by thousands of children across England for Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day on Friday 22 November 2013.

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Video: Takeover Day: a day of support

On Monday 22 September we ran a day of support using Google Hangout to answer any and all questions and give top quality Takeover Day advice. People sent in questions and queries via phone, email or Twitter.

Watch the Google Hangout on YouTube to find out the answers to lots of your questions such as...

  • What type of activities could you run as part of Takeover Day?
  • How do we find young people to work with?
  • How do you make sure that young people coming in feel safe and welcomed?

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