Takeover Day 2018 – Giving young people the opportunity to help shape local services

28 November 2018

25 young people from Hertfordshire were given the opportunity to shape plans for public services as part of this year’s Takeover Day.

The annual Takeover Challenge, a national initiative led by the Children’s Commissioner, saw young people from across the County taking part in a full day of activities which provided a valuable insight into public services.


The Takeover Challenge was coordinated by YC Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council’s youth service.

The aim of the day is to develop the way in which the voice of young people in Hertfordshire is heard by those who make decisions about the services affecting them. It also gives young people an insight into the various roles and decision-making processes across different organisations.

This year young carers, children in care, young people with additional needs, and members of Herts1125 Forum including Young Commissioners, members of Youth Councils and the LGBT+ strategic group Who Not What, took part.

Young people engaged in a series of workshops with officers from the county council’s Children’s Services and other organisations, including Public Health, Hertfordshire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS).

The workshops included those on mental health, the Hertfordshire County Council budget, sexual health and hate crime.

The Deputy Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, Councillor Graham McAndrew, introduced the event. He said, “Organisations benefit from a fresh perspective and Takeover Day gives young people the opportunity to step into a job for a day, find out about the organisations that work for them and give them a say in the issues that are important to them.”

One of the young people that took part said: It was a really positive experience and I hope in future other young people will have access to these opportunities”.

Another said: “It was interesting learning about all the opportunities available, and to get an insight to what the county council does and how what they do affects me”.