Participation in developing services


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Children and young people's voice can, and should, shape your service reviews, commissioning and strategy.

It will ensure your services meet children and young people's needs and will support those taking part to develop skills and confidence. 

Consultation methods

Here are some examples. Please email your own examples to

Acorns Children's Home participaiton framework (ESCC)

Children's feedback form for special events (ESCC)

Example short breaks questionnaire (Enfield Council)

Example Local Offer focus group (Hampshire County Council)

Young Inspectors (Council for Disabled Children)

Example easy read equal opportunities questions (ESCC)

Example easy read survey examples (Easyreadonline)

Consultation event,- Speak Up Speak Out (ESCC)

ISEND pupil evaluation survey (ESCC)

Outcome rating scales - from page 170 to of Munro review of child protection (

Health related behaviours survey (East Sussex JSNA)

Co-production methods

Co-production is when children and young people are involved as equal in a process, including the review, design or commissioning of a service or when setting strategic priorities.   

Co-produced Speak Up Speak Out event (ESCC)

A guide to commissioning outcomes for (and with) young people (National Youth Agency)

Easy read checklist for young people doing staff interviews (ESCC)

Top tips for involving young people in recruitment (Somerset County Council)

Co-produced video about social care assessments (West Sussex County Council)

Co-production in a special school (Council for Disabled Children)

Co-produced Local Offer web information (Hampshire County Council)

Using games and creativity

Example games and activities- Speak up Speak Out event 

Free image on Pixabay website

Icebreakers for small groups on Insight website

How to use creative methods by Participation Works

Supporting children in formal meetings and groups

School council (Hazel Court School)

Talking mats (Hazel Court School)

Easy read agenda- The Able Group (ESCC)

Meeting feedback form (IASSN)

Involving children and young people in formal meetings (Council for Disabled Children)

Advice from young people- how to get involved in youth voice (ESCC)

The Able Group (ESCC)

Ambassador programme (Multi-skills Council)