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Young People’s Participation

InterAct is committed to supporting children and young people in a person-centred way, so that they can achieve their potential.

InterAct is committed to supporting children and young people in a person-centred way, so that they can achieve their potential.

To do this effectively, we try to find out and respond to the ideas and opinions of the young people we support – so that they can have a stronger voice on the best ways to support them to achieve their chosen goals, and on other issues affecting their lives.

This listening and decision-making process is part of what is usually known as Young People’s Participation.

How Young People’s Participation is working within InterAct:

  • Within all our regular activity programmes, we encourage young people to give feedback and make suggestions on the activities and support we offer. This helps InterAct to plan ahead in ways which match their needs, goals and interests.
  • Broader possibilities for Young People’s Participation have developed over the last few years - our small but loyal Participation Group is making its mark in Essex, and further afield - so that young people’s voices and views are being listened to, not only within InterAct, but also commenting upon and influencing other services.
  • Everyone’s voice counts, and new members are always welcome in the Participation Group – expenses are paid, and refreshments are provided when the group meets.

Wider Successes:

  • After training with Essex Youth Service as SEND Young Commissioners, some of the Participation Group have taken part in the commissioning process for Short Breaks activities in Essex.
  • We have also been pleased to work positively with staff from the Essex County Council SEND Strategy and Innovation Team. This has been particularly effective in increasing the voice of young people in agreeing priorities for supporting children and young people with SEND: changing the wording for the  ‘POET’ survey to make it more accessible for young people to use, and then using responses to the POET survey to set the priorities.
  • Co-delivering on Disability Awareness and Inclusion training for church-based youth workers.
  • Script development for a interactive video project in Essex
  • Nationally, our links with the Council for Disabled Children’s Making Ourselves Heard Participation Network have provided other opportunities and training: national conferences, and an invitation to join their #IAmAllMe social media campaign, challenging labels and stereotypes. 

Get involved

If you’re interested in finding out more about Young People’s Participation, please contact us.

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