The Investing in Children Membership Award™ Scheme recognises and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice with children and young people. Organisations applying for the award have to demonstrate dialogue with young people which leads to change. However, children and young people have to provide the evidence for the organisation and endorse the membership report because it is a children’s and young people’s award.
Young Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire (YHWCB) are delighted to gain this recognition from Investing in Children.
YHWCB started the application for this award at the beginning of 2020. We evidenced our working practice and how we listen to the voice of the children and young people, with what we have achieved over the last year. We sent copies of reports, along with links to our website.
Arrangements were made for a Project Officer from Investing in Children to attend one of the YHWCB regular meetings, but unfortunately due to Covid-19 this was unable to take place. However, we were able to proceed virtually.
In May 2020, a Project Officer from Investing in Children, and eight of the YHWCB volunteers, had a Zoom meeting to discuss the application, as well as talk about the group itself. Amy, Youth Engagement & Volunteer Officer, was not allowed to take part in this meeting, as it really is about what the young people have to say.
This must have gone very well as following the meeting a report was compiled, recommending we were awarded the recognition. Full details can be found in the report.
For the future, we want to continue to use the voice of children and young people within Central Bedfordshire, and encourage joint working to really make a difference in the services that are available.
We will encourage others to apply for the award also, to promote Investing in Children and the meaning this has to a group.
Investing in Children (IiC) is a UK initiative that promotes the human rights of children and young people. Over the last 21 years, IiC has developed a range of different ways in which children and young people are supported to say what they want to say, and help to improve services used by them, by discussing their ideas with the adults who run the services.
There are currently over 500 members across the UK and Ireland
Investing in Children was established in 1995 by senior managers from Durham County Council and the NHS. In May 2013 Investing in Children was spun out from Durham County Council to form a Community Interest Company – IiC CIC
For more information please log on to: www.investinginchildren.net