Takeover Challenge

Save the date: Friday 20 November 2015 Follow us on Twitter @TakeoverDay Get involved in the discussion using #TakeoverDay   What is Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day? Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day is an annual event which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people. 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. Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England:
The day provides a brilliant opportunity for children and young people to make a difference to their schools and communities, put their views across and challenge the stereotypes about them that we hear too often. Children and young people have so much to offer. They bring ideas, imagination and energy which can really make a difference to organisations.”
Why take part? Children and young people who take part benefit from:
  • being involved in making decisions about things that affect them
  • getting their voice heard
  • experiencing the world of work
  • developing their interests and skills.
Tiff aged 13 from Amplify said: “I cannot wait for the day. It’s a chance to shadow someone in an important role, see what they do and give my input.” Adults and organisations benefit from:
  • gaining a fresh perspective on and insight into their work
  • inspiring children and young people to achieve
  • developing a relationship with their local community.
In 2014 ahead of joining for a third time Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education said “I have taken part in Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day for the past two years now, and both times I have been joined by two exceptional young people. They have joined me on some very busy days in my constituency, and took an active part in my many visits and meetings. They were able to contribute to my work as an MP, and they were able to have direct input in local decision-making. I really enjoyed being joined by such talented young people...” Rob Wilson, then Minister for Civil Society said: “Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day is a great opportunity to give young people the experience of a day in working in government, but more importantly for us to learn from their new ideas and perspectives. I am thoroughly looking forward to having a young person shadow me on Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day and to hearing the success stories from across departments in supporting young people to have a voice in government.”    Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health said: “I have taken part in Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day for a number of years. It is a great way to introduce young people to what we do as MPs and I often have young people shadow me in my constituency.” Metropolitan Police, Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne said: "I'm delighted to take part in Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2012 by sharing my working day with one of our cadets." Who can be part of it? All children and young people and almost any organisation that provides goods or services to them can take part. Organisations that can’t take part on Friday 20 November can choose another day to do so. The most important thing is joining in and providing opportunities to children and young people. Takeover Day 2014: a success!
  • More than 44,000 children and young people
  • More than 1,100 organisations
  • We trended all day on Twitter and reached millions of people
The following organisations took part and many more...
  • Cabinet Office
  • MPs, Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan and Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham
  • Local authorities and local mayors including the Mayor of Sunderland
  • Businesses including Balfour Beatty
  • Police Commissioners including Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
  • Charities including British Red Cross, Great Ormond Street Hospital, NSPCC, Mencap and more…
  • NHS England, including the Chief Executive
  • Museums and galleries supported by Kids in Museums
  • Other organisations such as the Julie Bentley, CE of Girl Guiding UK.
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