November 11, 2011 9.55 am This story is over 148 months old

Youngsters take over County Council offices

Taking over: School children will be helping councillors make decisions in the county offices this week.

Young people from schools representing the county’s Youth Cabinet and Looked After Children’s Council will get the chance to be part of Lincolnshire County Council for a day.

Takeover Day on November 11 allows school children the opportunity to work with councillors in the Lincoln offices, expressing their views and making decisions.

The schools will partake in a mock Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, including discussing post-16 learning with councillors and officers.

Looked After Children members will also get the chance to talk to top social workers about child protection conferences based on experiences of youngsters.

While the youngsters get their opinions voiced and see the world of work for a day, adults also benefit from a fresh perspective.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, will be on of the councillors taking part in the day.

She said: “This is a great way to celebrate the importance of young people and recognising the contribution they make towards our society in Lincolnshire.

“We are delighted to be one of the leading organisations across the county asking young people to ‘take over’ services.

“It’s a positive way of encouraging young people into the workplace and enabling them to contribute and make a difference to the way things are run in their communities.”

For a list of schools taking part in the day, and the areas they will focus on, visit the County Council’s website.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council