Voice, influence and change

The Voice, Influence and Change Team are based within the Children and Families directorate. We support the vision for a more child friendly Leeds by working to ensure that all children, young people, parents and carers have their voices heard and can influence decisions and services that affect their lives.

This is one of the key outcomes in the Children and Young Peoples Plan (PDF 1.2MB). The team provide advice, guidance and training to decision makers and professionals working with children, young people and families. The team run a variety of citywide youth voice programme and enable young people to have a say in who is appointed into senior posts (recruitment panels) and contribute to deciding which organisations are awarded contracts (commissioning panels).

We promote opportunities for children and young people to have a voice and influence locally, regionally and nationally. We actively encourage children and young people to be democratically engaged and become active citizens and know how to have the views heard.

Our programmes for children and young people

We deliver a variety of opportunities for children to have a voice and influence in the city. Our programmes include;

  • UK Youth Parliament
  • ‘Have a Voice’ Children in Care Council
  • Leeds Children’s Mayor
  • Care Leavers Council
  • Youth Voice Summits for schools and youth groups
  • Leeds Youth Council
  • Takeover Challenge

We would encourage any children and young people aged 10-18 (or up to 25 with additional needs) to become a member of our Leeds Youth Council (LYC). Simply complete and return the LYC membership from the documents section below and we’ll post you our welcome pack full of information and freebies! LYC members will receive a weekly email detailing a variety of ways they can get involved and have their say in Leeds and beyond.

For more details on our youth programmes please visit Have Your Say on the Breeze Leeds website.

Parents, Carers and Families

The team coordinate a network of professionals and parent/carer representatives who are working to increase the voice and influence of Parents, Carers and Families in the city. We also have a dedicated website where you can download guides, best practice examples and further resources and find out how parents, carers and families can have a voice and influence in services, schools and the wider community. Please visit our Parents Carers and Families section of the Family Information Service website.

Keeping in touch

We produce a regular Voice, Influence and Change e-bulletin for professionals who work with children and young people. If you would like to subscribe simply email us and we will add you to our list.

In the documents section you can download a copy of our latest team leaflet which contains details of our programmes as well as contact details for our whole team.

We’re also on social media so please get in touch for any advice, support or just to say hello:

Email: vic@leeds.gov.uk
Twitter: twitter.com/LeedsYouthVoice
Facebook: facebook.com/leedsyouthvoice
Instagram: instagram.com/leedsyouthvoice




VIC Team Leaflet 2017https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/VIC Team Leaflet 2017.pdf868738pdf
Takeover Challenge 2016 - Leeds Reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Takeover Challenge 2016 - Leeds Report.pdf1048307pdf
LYC Sign Up form 2017https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/LYC Sign Up form 2017.pdf880146pdf

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