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We want children and young people:

  • to have their voices heard
  • to have their views taken into account
  • to have their views taken seriously
  • to have a say in how our services run
  • to have rights in line with Article 12 of the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) which states that they have the right to be heard and involved in decisions that affect them

Contact us:

Participation, advocacy and engagement
Telephone: (0191) 643 8215
Email: participation@northtyneside.gov.uk
Twitter: @ParticipationNT

Young Mayor

The Elected Young Mayor is the lead young person representing young people locally in North Tyneside.

All young people aged 11 -18 (school years 7 to 13) who live or study in North Tyneside can stand for the position and can vote for who they want to represent them.

The Young Mayor is Oscar Daniel, a 13 year old student at Marden High School.

Oscar's pledges:

  • I will work towards making our PSHCE more enjoyable,
  • learning about life skills and healthy relationships, especially
  • for LGBT young people
  • I will campaign to improve our public transport especially
  • metro and buses
  • I will work hard to achieve a cleaner environment in North
  • Tyneside

Contact Oscar:

Young Mayor
Telephone: (0191) 643 8215
Email: youngmayor@northtyneside.gov.uk
Twitter: @NTCYoungMayor

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Youth Council

The Youth Council:

  • is made up of 50 youth councillors, aged 11 to 19 years old from across North Tyneside
  • represent the views and ideas of other young people in North Tyneside
  • allows young people to meet elected members and key decision makers

Youth councillors meet monthly:

  • to discuss what is happening
  • hear from officers of the council about plans and opportunities to get involved
  • complete their own agreed priorities

The Young Mayor chooses their Young Cabinet from within the Youth Council.

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Young Cabinet

The role of the Young Mayor's Cabinet is to:

  • support the Young Mayor in decision-making
  • help influence the overall plan and budget

Members:

  • each take a lead within an area of work
  • each have their own responsibilities
  • work with partners
  • meet regularly to talk about projects and their progress

Any issues that young people raise should fit within one of the Young Cabinet Members roles.

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UK Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP):

  • represents the views of 11 to 18-year-olds in Youth Parliament
  • gives young people a voice on issues that matter to them at national, regional and local level
  • is made up of over 600 members and deputy members who are elected by their peers to represent young people across the UK

Sophie Anson, a 17 year old pupil at George Stephenson High School, currently represents North Tyneside in the UK Youth Parliament.

Sophie's pledges:

  • I will campaign for improvements to existing mental health services alongside a reformed mental health education in schools
  • I will campaign for a cheaper, subsidised public transport system for young people under the age of 18, as well as ensuring this system is accessible to young people with disabilities
  • I will campaign for a more expansive sex and relationship education, to improve the understanding of both the physical and emotional aspects of relationships, sexual consent and sexual health

 

Children's Council

The Children's Council is a group of children who are aged 5 to 11 years old living or going to school in North Tyneside.

The Children’s Council:

  • work with other children and represent the views of children in the borough
  • act as a research team looking at issues, which affect children, under 11 years old in the area in which they live
  • feed into services within North Tyneside Council who work with children under 11 years old

Children in Care Council

We have three forums for children in care and care leavers to have a voice and give their opinions on how we run their services.

The Junior Children in Care Council is for aged 7 to 11 year olds:

  • they meet during school holidays and focus on issues related to their age range

The Children in Care Council is for ages 12 to 16 years:

  • they create annual surveys to gather views for other looked after children
  • run the Champions project where they link directly with service managers
  • organise events for corporate parents to attend with them

The Care Leavers Council is for young people aged 16 plus

  • they focus on leaving care issues
  • carry out inspections of children’s homes
  • do foster carer assessments
  • deliver Care4Me training to staff about what it's like being in care

Contact:

Children in Care Council
Telephone: (0191) 643 8215
Email: cicc@northtyneside@gov.uk

Advocacy service for looked after children

The Children Act 1989 (Section 26A) gives all looked after children, children in need and care leavers a statutory right to advocacy when they are making a complaint or representation to the local authority.

An advocate is someone who is just 'the voice of the child'. So, even if the 'best interest' view is clearly the right one, the child or young person will still have an adult supporting them to make sure that their wishes are acknowledged.

An advocate can do a range of things for a child or young person but the most likely are:

  • making phones calls, emails and letters to the social worker of the child or young person and other professionals involved
  • supporting them to attend meetings and reviews, or attending on their behalf
  • helping them go through the formal complaints process
  • signpost the child or young person to the information they need
  • promote the rights and entitlements of the child or young person

Wherever possible the advocate will encourage the child or young person to speak up for themselves so that in the future hopefully they can deal with issues without the need for an advocate.

Advocates work in an open way, and will always tell the child or young person they are working for about any conversations they have had with professionals. If it is a time when sharing this information may be upsetting or harmful to the child or young person they will work with the professional to make sure they are told in a more suitable way.

Conact an advocate:

Telephone: (0191) 643 8215
Mobile: (call or text) 07971 294247
Email: advocacy@northtyneside.gov.uk

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

The concept of the is simple – anyone between 14 and 24 years old can undertake a nationally recognised and accredited programme at bronze, silver or gold level.

Find out more about the award.

Young People need to:

  • volunteer
  • learn a skill
  • take part in a physical activity and an expedition

Contact:

Participation, Advocacy and Engagement
Telephone: (0191) 643 8215
Email: participation@northtyneside.gov.uk 
Twitter: @ParticipationNT

Young Junior Civic Award

The Young Civic Award:

  • gives a sense of achievement
  • builds confidence
  • increases skill levels in your chosen activities
  • helps you work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award and to go on to further education, employment or training

To achieve the award you must:

  • be between 11 and 14
  • live or go to school in North Tyneside
  • take part in a variety of activities for a set amount of time
  • show dedication and enthusiasm

Contact:

Participation, Advocacy and Engagement Team
Telephone: (0191) 643 8215
Email: participation@northtyneside.gov.uk
Twitter: @ParticipationNT

Anti bullying campaign

After speaking with other young people, the Young Mayor has pledged to reduce bullying in schools.

We have got funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to deliver an anti bullying campaign.

We aim to support victims of bullying by introducing a North Tyneside Anti-Bullying Standards Awards (NTABSA) for schools.

The award will:

  • encourage schools to develop strategies to challenge bullying
  • showcase and raise awareness of what schools are doing to challenge bullying and make a difference to young people

To get involved, contact:

Participation, Advocacy and Engagement
Telephone: (0191) 643 8215
Email: participation@northtyneside.gov.uk
Twitter: @ParticipationNT

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