18 candidates stood for election to the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth and UK Youth Parliament this year, across the three regions – North, West and East Wiltshire. Here are the results:
|Edward Northeast||194||Elected to WAY and UKYP|
|Cecilia George||145||Elected to WAY and Deputy UKYP|
|Max Slater||85||Elected to WAY|
|Jessica Hammond||70||Elected to WAY|
|Yasmine Read||45||Elected to WAY|
|Beatrice Wood||45||Elected to WAY|
|Rebecca Richards||32||Not elected|
|Harry Forbes||22||Not elected|
|Kirstie Stage||155||Elected to WAY and Deputy UKYP|
|Maisy Humphrey||130||Elected to WAY|
|Jake Le’Maire||49||Elected to WAY|
|Harry Woodhouse||73||Elected to WAY and UKYP|
|Matthew Jamieson||57||Elected to WAY and Deputy UKYP|
|Daniel Sutton||49||Elected to WAY|
|William Templeton||43||Elected to WAY|
|Shone Biju||21||Elected to WAY|
Children and young people’s voice and influence in Wiltshire
How are children and young people’s views taken into account in Wiltshire?
Wiltshire Council believes in co-designing and delivering services for children and young people, with children and young people. Such participation and involvement is coordinated by the council’s Voice and Influence Team.
What does the Voice and Influence Team do?
The team manages the Children in Care Council (CiCC) and the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth (WAY). These groups meet monthly and welcome consultations and visitors. CiCC represents the views of Wiltshire’s looked after and care leaving populations. WAY members are elected by peers and offer representation on a broad range of issues. Both groups sit on committees, working groups and boards, including the Wiltshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, Corporate Parenting Panel and the Children’s Select Committee, among others. Children and young people sit on interview panels for children’s services staff, consider tender evaluations for children’s services and offer feedback on council documents and policies.
The Voice and Influence Team also works to ensure the views of harder to reach children and young people are heard and acted upon by decision-makers. It does this in partnership with schools, colleges, voluntary sector organisations, as well as colleagues in commissioning and early help teams.
Young people’s participation in co-production activities must have value to all parties; young people must be offered the opportunity to input into all processes and demonstrate their skills, ask questions and offer constructive feedback.
When committees, boards, and external organisation are requesting the participation of young people at meetings, events and training, all relevant information must be available in advance, with a clear description of the reason for the request. The Voice and Influence Team coordinates such activity and prepares young people as necessary.
How can I consult with children and young people in Wiltshire?
The Voice and Influence Team will be able to advise should you wish to seek the views of children and young people in Wiltshire. Guidance is available to ensure that enough time is given to establish intended outcomes, identify cohorts of young people, and prepare them for the work. Wiltshire Council and external partners requesting young people’s input should set aside sufficient resources to enable that participation. These may include funding for transportation (including an accompanying adult if necessary), cost of meals (in line with legislation regarding young people in the work place), and loss of earnings (where a young person misses work as a result of providing the service).
How are children and young people rewarded and incentivised?
Children and young people are not paid for their involvement in activities related to co-production but they can expect to be treated fairly and not be out of pocket for their activities.
- Travel expenses will be refunded when travelling by public transport;
- Appropriate refreshments will be provided according to time of day and length of meeting;
- Achievements are celebrated appropriately;
- An annual social event is organised as a thank you;
- Certificates and letters of thanks are issued.
How do we measure the success of children and young people’s involvement?
By being involved in any co-production work, children and young people will see action and change take place, or be informed of the reasons why change does not or cannot take place. They will be able to explain how their views influenced decisions that were made, and be seen at all stages of decision making and commissioning in Wiltshire.
Every six months, a You Said, We did document is produced by the Voice and Influence Team, which explains when and how children and young people have been involved and what the outcome has been. This is circulated to those involved in the work, as well as key officers within the council.