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Youth and democracy

  • Children, young people and families

Involving young people in Barnet in the democratic process

We involve young people in decision-making processes by:

  • developing their understanding of democratic processes
  • encouraging active citizenship
  • engaging them in wider consultations with local authority services and wider organisations

The Voice of the Child Strategy (PDF) sets out how this is achieved.

In Barnet there's participation forums for children and young people to engage with, as outlined: 

Barnet Youth Board

The Barnet Youth Board is made up of representatives aged 13-19 (up to 25 with disabilities) across all Barnet’s state schools as well as community groups/clubs aiming to give young people a voice.

The board design campaigns and projects, consults young people to find out their views and engage with decision makers to ensure young people in Barnet are heard. The group work closely with Barnet Members of Youth Parliament and together they work to ensure the meaningful engagement of young people in Barnet.

To find out more, phone the Voice of the Child team on 020 8359 4373 / 020 8359 3866 / 020 8359 3156. 

Youth Assembly: sub-group of the Barnet Youth Board

Youth Assembly is a group made up of 11-19 (or 25 with SEND) year olds who live, work or study in Barnet.

The Youth Assembly is run by the Barnet Council and is a sub-group of the Barnet Youth BoardIt gives young people the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills and debate issues that are important to them within a public setting.  Each meeting is run in the Hendon Town Hall. 

To find out more about the Youth Assembly or contact Ed Gilbert on 0208 359 3469.  

UK Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament is a national organisation which gives the young people 11-18 a national voice.  With support from government and providers of services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people, the UKYP runs campaigns led by young people to improve their lives and communities. Over 80% of local authorities are represented.

Role Model Army

Role Model Army (RMA) is the name given to the Children in Care Council which is a team of young people that support and represent the views of young people in, and leaving, care.  RMA specifically supports 14 – 21 year olds and is made up of young people who are from different backgrounds, fighting for young people in care.

The Role Model Army:

  • provides young people 13 - 21 in and leaving care the opportunity to have a say on decisions that affect them
  • to ensure the care Barnet young people receive is the best possible
  • represents the views of young people in the care system
  • provides ongoing support to young people involved with the group to contribute to the community through volunteering
  • empowers young people in care to reach their full potential

To find out more, phone the Voice of the Child team on 020 8359 4373 / 020 8359 3866 / 020 8359 3156. 

Young Commissioners

Young Commissioners allows children and young people to be involved in the commissioning of services that directly affect them. They'll be trained and supported throughout and will learn skills including budgeting, commissioning knowledge, service design and teamwork.

If any young people are interested, phone the Voice of the Child team on 020 8359 4373 / 020 8359 3866 / 020 8359 3156. 

Youth Shield

Youth Shield is Barnet's Youth Safeguarding Panel run by CommUNITY Barnet on behalf of Barnet Safeguarding Children's Board (BSCB) and the Police.  Youth Shield aim to assist the BSCB to keep children and young people safe and communicate the work of the board to the youth community.


  • Voice of the Child team
  • North London Business Park (NLBP) Oakleigh Road South
    London N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 4373 / 020 8359 3866 / 020 8359 3156
  • CommUNITY Barnet
  • CommUNITY Barnet, 7th floor, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, London, N20 0EJ
  • Tel: 020 8364 8400

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