Children and Young People

Meetings every Monday

Our collaborative will focus specifically on the question:

“How do we change the systems that perpetuate multiple disadvantage for children and young people in York?”

We’ll work towards creating a positive, meaningful and open environment that seeks to understand the experiences, feelings and needs of children and young people in York from multiple perspectives. 


The inquiry will ask what’s important to children and young people and how we might go about changing the current way things work. There’ll be regular sessions where we’ll explore, debate and discuss in order to get to what we can do, alongside training for those involved.

March 2021

The group has met a few times and we’ve been working on getting to know each other.

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Use our Icons!

You can now download and use our specially made icons for Children and Young People, free of charge, including ones related to:


change, intersectionality, lived experiences and building relationships.

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Mutual ownership and leadership of the inquiry will be paramount as people from all walks of life come together to progress it.  The collaboration will take place ‘in the open’ and as such learning and ideas will be shared widely via creative and accessible tools such as podcasts, sketch notes and film.


Those involved will be encouraged to come as themselves and the process of working through our inquiry question will be ‘human’, recognising individuality and personality as well as professional and academic experience, modelling a person centred approach throughout.


What’s involved?

During our Children and Young People Inquiry, work streams and priorities will emerge and representatives will share drive, ownership and accountability. 

There will be:

  • Regular convening sessions, including training

  • Use of prototyping ideas/approaches

  • Facilitation, capture and sharing of the process through creative methods, such as talking circles, restorative practice, blogs, podcasts, illustration, doodling, design, audio etc.

  • Self-directed work

We will initially show up to get to know ourselves and each other, thus what each individual bring to potential collaborative impact.  Practical steps are considered but are not set in stone. There will be a positive, meaningful and open process that understands the experiences, feelings and needs of children and young people now, and will focus on future system level change.



Representatives will  be inquiring, open to new ideas, solution focused and self-motivated.  They will be committed to shared learning, to collaboration and to nurturing an equitable and inclusive environment; supporting each other and wider system.  Representatives are person centered and have strong empathy skills. 

They will:

  1. live and/or work in York,

  2. have skills and knowledge relating to children and young people,

  3. commit (flexibly) to approximately three days per month