Participating and Consulting with Children and Young People

Children and young people have a right to be involved in all decisions that affect their lives (Article 12, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).

In Bath and North East Somerset we are committed to children and young people to making a real difference to how services work for them now and in the future.

This is our promise to children and young people:

Wherever possible, we will ask you about the services you use like schools, youth services and health services.

  • We will find lots of fun, interesting and different ways for you to have you say
  • We will listen to what you tell us
  • We will tell you how your views have made a difference
  • When we can’t do something you have suggested, we will explain why as soon as we can
  • We will make the information and language we use easy to understand

Our Participation Strategy 2016-2020 outlines how we will achieve these aims.


Commissioning Framework (see link under documents).

In Bath & North East Somerset we adhere to the following principles of involving young people in commissioning:

Understanding - assess need; identify young service user's priorites

Planning - specification drawn up in consultation with young service users

Securing - young people are involved in procurement

Delivering and reviewing - young people are involved in monitoring and evaluation

Our Commissioning Framework provides guidance on how to involve children and young people in the commissioning of services.

In Bath & North East Somerset, we are able to work with young people who have a range of different experiences, whether as exciting users or potential users of any new service that is being commissioned.

Toolkit for Engaging CYP in the Recruitment Process (see link under documents).

A key priority of the B&NES strategy is to embed the principle and practice of involving young people in the staff recruitment process. There are already many examples of this co-production happening across the authority, which means our services are becoming more responsive to the needs of children and young people, resulting in a better quality and more efficient service.

This toolkit has been developed by the Regional Youth Work Unit in partnership with Social Care staff and the Strategic Commissioning Officer in the People and Communities Department. The toolkit contains simple activities that you can use with children and young people to help them understand the recruitment process in the council and take part in all or some of the process.


A Young People's Guide to Safeguarding has been written with input from the members of B&NEs Youth Forum (see link under documents).

For 2019-2020 we have identified 5 Standards on Participation, sent out to all commissioned services as part of their Q4 monitoring. Young people have contributed to writing and assessing these Standards. 


Contact Details:

Sarah McCluskey

01225 394464

sarah_mccluskey@bathnes.gov.uk

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