Takeover Day is a national initiative started by the Children’s Commisioner. The premise of the day is that children and young people are invited to takeover adult roles for the day. Six girls from Alfriston’s Y9 took part in this year’s event at Youth Space in High Wycombe, organised by Buckinghamshire’s Participation Team, along with pupils from other schools .
Previous consultations with young people have identified that children and young people, especially those with special needs, felt that health professionals spent more time talking to their parents or carers than they did to them. So, the young people were charged with the task of producing a leaflet aimed at health professionals to make this point and also a poster to encourage young people to speak up for themselves and to make sure that their voice is heard.
The girls arrived at Youth Space ready for action and, once they had got to know everybody, they soon got to work. The initial stage was to identify the key areas of concern and suggest ways forward. Then it was the fun bit; generating ideas and experimenting with colours, images and text. The room was soon alive with creative thoughts and some inspired samples started to emerge . Next it was a question of agreeing what worked and what didn’t before adapting the ideas to the specific purpose of being used with and by health professionals.
By the end of the day there were some truly fabulous ideas taking shape and these were handed over to a professional artist to finish the job and make the ideas a reality. We hope to be involved in approving the design as it progresses and hopefully you will soon see the leaflets and posters being used by a health professional near you!