Youth Connexions wins Gold in young people’s engagement project

11 March 2016

Youth Connexions Hertfordshire is proud to have been awarded the highest level of recognition in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge project.

Takeover Challenge Logo  Gold Badge


Each year the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, challenges organisations to open their doors to young people for a day to take over adult roles. This puts young people into decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Young people gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.

Youth Connexions took part last autumn, and 28 young Hertfordshire people participated including young carers, children in care, members of Herts1125 and young people with additional needs. They took part in events in three locations, attending two major conferences, meetings with Hertfordshire County Council Directors, and shadowing senior officers and County Councillors.

The Children’s Commissioner’s Up for the Challenge commendation scheme recognises participation in the Takeover Challenge and contribution to children’s engagement. Youth Connexions secured the Gold level commendation, reflecting the high degree of involvement afforded to young people and the preparation and delivery of a successful and engaging Takeover Day.

Jonathan Jack, Youth Connexions Youth Engagement and Participation Manager said “With the support of senior managers in Hertfordshire County Council and the young people who took on their roles with such enthusiasm and commitment, the day was a great success and we are proud to have been awarded the Gold Commendation.”

 Watch a film about Takeover day here:

Read about the day

Visit the Takeover Challenge website