Participation Team

Participation Team
Room 300, Kings House, Grand Avenue
Hove, BN3 2LS

Telephone: (01273) 295504


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC 1989) and the Children’s Act 1989 recognise the government’s duty to ensure that all young people who are capable of forming their own views have the right to express them freely in all matters that effect them.

Article 12: Respect the views of the child

'Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.'

In June 2007, the government published the Care Matters: Time for Change white paper which aims to improve the experience of young people in care and bridge the gap between them and their peers. It includes an increased expectation of providers and care services to develop the mechanisms for participation across all children’s services.

'It is important that children have a chance to shape and influence the parenting that they receive at every level – from expressing their wishes and feelings about the individual care they receive in their placements, through to helping to shape the overall strategy for children in the area through a Children in Care Council.'

The Participation Team work in partnership with service providers, schools/colleges and other organisations across the city and Sussex to enable young people to take part in and influence local and national decision making in accordance with legislative and statutory requirements.

The Participation Team makes this happen. Firstly, by ensuring the voice of young people aged 11 – 18 (up to 25 with special educational needs) is integral to service improvement. Secondly, we provide advice and consultation opportunities to other services in the council and the wider community in the city.

The 3 mechanisms representing the voice of young people in Brighton & Hove are:

  • Brighton & Hove Youth Council (BHYC)
  • Children in Care Council (CiCC)
  • Disabled Young People’s Council (DYPC)

They’re collectively known as Brighton & Hove Youth Voice (BHYV). Members of BHYV represent the voice of young people on a local and national level via the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP), regional CiCC and the SE7 Advisory Group.

All 3 youth councils have a formal relationship with the council ensuring they have a voice on education, health and into both BHCC commissioning of and delivery of an inclusive services for young people across the city: this is called Top-Tier Participation.

Members of BHYC, CiCC and DYPC have the opportunity to represent the voice of Brighton & Hove youth on a local, regional and national level by participating in:

  • BHCC committees and boards
  • The Local HealthWatch
  • The Young Assessors programme
  • The Youth Mayor programme
  • The Young Ambassadors programme
  • Regional Children in Care Council meetings facilitated by the Department of Education
  • The UK Youth Parliament facilitated by British Youth Council
  • South East 7 (SE7) Advisory Board facilitated by KIDS

If you would like to know how to take part then contact:

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