Posted: 16 November 2011

Young people 'take over' The Children's Society

Young people from our projects in London 'took over' our policy team last Friday. The day's activities were organised as part of Takeover Day 2011, a national event organised by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Takeover Day gives children and young people the chance to shadow adults at work, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.

The children from the Genesis Project and Greenwich Children’s Fund spent the day writing to ministers and civil servants, shadowing staff, blogging and tweeting about their experiences and attending important policy meetings including meeting with advisers at 10 Downing Street.

'We are here to boss around the working adults'

Two young people wrote the following text about their experience at The Children's Society.

'We are students from Conisborough College and we are here at The Children’s Society on Takeover Day. PS We are here to boss around the working adults.

'We are writing about our experience because we now know how the system works and we want to work now, and we get to make a child’s life better because a child has to have food, clothes, money, a good childhood and LOVE!!!

'We found the experience interesting and we found out about the jobs that the people do - most of them were good and some of them are boring and we ended up distracting them. Then we saw the safe and that was interesting and I was happy to see it and wanted some of the money.'

- Jordeen and Teresa, age 11

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Please enjoy these photographs from Takeover Day.

two young people holding letters to Tim Loughton

young man sitting at a desk

meeting with several young people

several children at a meeting

young man seated at a desk

several young people with certificates from Takeover Day

By Jordeen Buckley - Guest bloggers

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Wow, this really sounds like it is a great way to teach children about the real world of work and careers. It sounds like they all had a wonderful time and I bet they are still talking about it.