11 Nov 2011

Children and young people from The Children’s Society projects in London will be taking over the policy and public affairs team on Friday 11 November.

The activities are being organised as part of Takeover Day 2011, a national event organised by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives children and young people the chance to shadow jobs, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.

Children from The Children’s Society’s Genesis Project and Greenwich Children’s Fund will spend the day writing to Ministers and civil servants, shadowing staff, blogging, tweeting about their experiences and attending important policy meetings including a meeting at 10 Downing Street.

The Children’s Society Policy Director, Enver Solomon, said “The policy team are really excited to be ‘taken-over’ by a group of young people from our projects. This is a great opportunity for us to work directly with children and get their messages across to politicians and policy makers.”

This year around 50,000 children and young people around the country will be taking part in Takeover Day. It is being held on Remembrance Day to encourage intergenerational understanding and the Royal British Legion is also supporting the day.

In 2010, around 40,000 children and young people worked with organisations including businesses, schools, police and fire services, newspapers, banks, TV and radio stations, local councils, MPs, over 50 museums, charities and Government departments. Everyone got involved, including the BBC, Co-operative Group and even the Mayor of London.


For more information, please contact David Dinnage in The Children’s Society’s media team on 0207 841 4422, or david.dinnage@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out of hours enquiries please call 07810 796508.

Notes to Editors

  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.