Five young people from local schools Clevedon and Gordano took over the Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) Sue Mountstevens for the day, on Friday, November 20.
Takeover Challenge is a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England which puts children and young people into decision-making roles. Organisations and businesses benefit as they gain a fresh insight into their work by listening to children’s ideas and experience.
As well as those who spent the day with the OPCC over 140 ambition young people from 21 schools across Avon and Somerset took over top police jobs within Avon and Somerset Police as part of the nationwide day.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “My team and I were delighted to welcome five young people from Clevedon and Gordano schools to find out more about my role as PCC and the work of my team. Throughout the day, they got involved in activities which included meeting with Amy, my Youth Champion, taking part in a practical session with Young Victims’ Service and finding out more about Restorative Justice with Helen, our RJ Development Manager.
“It is important to me that I make sure I am speaking and listening to young people from across Avon and Somerset about the issues which matter to them in relation to policing and crime.”
The day marked a week long schedule of activity for the OPCC who were also supporting the Children’s Commissioner #AdvicetoSelf social media campaign and who spent the week tweeting their lessons learned and advice they would give their younger selves.
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England said: “We can all benefit from getting involved in Takeover Challenge. Children and young people bring fresh ideas, imagination and energy to the roles they take over, and they challenge stereotypes about them that we hear too often.
“Takeover Challenge gets people to work differently and helps individuals and organisations to understand the needs of children and young people. I am thrilled to see thousands of children, adults and organisations have taken up the challenge and the amazing Takeovers happening in all sectors right across the country.”
Everyone benefits from the Takeover Challenge. Children and young people gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective of their work. This year, the Children’s Commissioner encouraged organisations to extend their Takeover to happen anytime, any day.
Takeover has grown year on year – in 2014 over 44,000 children and 1,200 organisations took part. Children and young people stepped into the shoes of hundreds of high profile figures including: MP’s, mayors, TV presenters, teachers, chief executives, senior police officers and other professionals in all walks of life.
To find out about Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge events around the country, go to: www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover-challenge
Posted on Monday 23rd November 2015