Barnsley’s young people give their all in the Takeover Challenge

Barnsley has once again taken part in #TakeoverChallenge, which took on Friday, 23 November. 

The Takeover Challenge was originally launched in 2007 by the Children’s Commissioner’s Office as a fun, imaginative and exciting activity to encourage organisations across England to open their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles. 

It puts children and young people into real-life decision-making positions in organisations. Children gain a valuable insight and gain experience of a workplace, while organisations benefit from a fresh perspective on their work.

Locally, it is a great opportunity to promote participation in line with Barnsley’s Pledge to Children in Care and Care Leavers and ensures that children have a right to have their views heard on the decisions that affect their lives and for these views to be taken seriously. 

The day saw children and young people across Barnsley experiencing a variety of roles including working alongside the police, on Barnsley Hospital’s children’s ward, in animal care and in the council’s legal services , IT support and building control departments. A young person will also experience the role of Barnsley Council’s Chief Executive Diana Terris.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “Barnsley Council is proud to support the Takeover Challenge as it gives our young people the opportunity to work shadow positions of influence across the borough. Our previous contribution to Takeover Day has seen us receive Gold Commendation from the Children’s Commissioner.

“I’d also like to thank our partners for supporting this important day, I’m sure that everyone will get a lot out of it.”

Tyler Littlewood, 14, who attends Horizon Community College, spent the day with Barnsley Council’s legal services team. He said: “I learnt about how the law applies to various sectors at the council. It’s something I’d be interested in pursuing as a career and I’ve been offered the opportunity to return in the Easter holidays for more work experience.”

Takeover Day, and the aspect of the challenge this brings, also forms part of ‘Pathways to Success’ - Barnsley Council’s programme to support young people’s work readiness and employability as part of the Borough’s Employment and Skills Strategy.

This news is linked to Town Spirit. We want to work better together. If everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, together we can make our borough a more welcoming place where people want to live, work and visit.

We’re committed to #AchieveIt by doing everything we can to help you and your family achieve your potential and be the best that you can be. Own it by supporting your children to attend school and learn for life, as well as committing to learning and developing your own career.

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