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Children and young people's voice

UK Youth Parliament have a voice

Stand for election

  • Elections take place between 29 January and 11 February 2018
  • Ballots will be cast by text

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) offers 11-18 year olds the opportunity to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning. You can make that change by standing for election in 2018. 

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) must be aged between 11 and 18 years and living or going to boarding school in Wiltshire. MYPs must step down on their 19th birthday. You must be ready to engage with and represent children and young people in your area. 

Wiltshire has three seats on UKYP. You will be standing for election in the area where you attend school. The seats are:

Wiltshire EastWiltshire NorthWiltshire West
AmesburyCalneBradford on Avon
PewseyCorshamSouth West Wiltshire
Southern WiltshireRoyal Wootton Bassett and CrickladeWestbury

See a map in the downloads section (right).

Candidates will be asked to submit a video-manifesto for use during the campaign and election period. In creating your manifesto it is important to think about what is important to you and to other children and young people that you know and have spoken with. You will be representing their voices – why should they vote for you?

  • serve a one-year term as one of three members of UK Youth Parliament for Wiltshire
  • be a champion for young people’s issues locally and nationally
  • become an active member of the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth (WAY)
  • work with your locally elected councillors and MPs to promote youth voice
  • attend regional conventions of the UK Youth Parliament (three Saturdays per year)
  • attend the annual conference of UK Youth Parliament – a residential weekend at the end of July
  • attend the House of Commons debate in November each year
  • deliver the Make Your Mark youth voice campaign and other UK Youth Parliament campaigns
  • a video of your manifesto being published on YouTube, the Wiltshire Council website and social media, as appropriate

To stand for election you need to:

  1. Download the application form (in the downloads section, right), which includes space for your manifesto, and a consent form for your parent/carer to complete. Return to voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk
  2. Create a video of no more than 60 seconds introducing yourself and what your manifesto is.
  3. Go to Mail Big File and use it to send your video to voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk 

Deadline for submission is midnight on Monday 20 November 2017.

Once you have submitted your application form and video, we will confirm your candidacy and send you information about how to campaign locally.

  • Introduce yourself and tell us about where you live, your school or college
  • Tell us why you are standing as a candidate in these elections
  • Give some information about two or three issues around which you’d like to try and make a difference
  • Tell us why we should vote for you

Remember: look at the camera, smile, relax, be in a bright and quiet place so that we can see and hear you.

The links to the video will be made available for schools, colleges and other youth groups to view to help them decide who to vote for in their area.


The Children in Care Council (CiCC)

The Children in Care Council is made up of children and young people age 12-19 (Care Ambassadors) and 19-25 (Care Leaver Ambassadors). The council meets to tell decision makers what the issues are for children in care and care leavers. The young people meet with senior managers and elected members, who are responsible for making important decisions about the lives of children in care in Wiltshire.


We want to make sure that children and young people’s voices are heard and actions are taken about the decisions that affect their lives.

“It’s about making a change and hearing from the children and young people who are in Wiltshire’s care,” Children in Care Council member, February 2016.


The Children in Care Council:

  • Tells people who make decisions about services for children in care what can be done to make things better.
  • Speaks for all children and young people in care by gathering their views and deciding how best to share these views with senior managers and corporate parents.
  • Receives feedback from senior managers and corporate parents on issues identified by children in care.
  • Tells children in care what has happened as a result of them sharing their views and ideas.
  • Involves children in care to check and monitor all services for children in care – for example, commenting on leaflets, documents, policies and strategies, and helping to design child and young person friendly versions of documents.
  • Works on projects to help get young people's voices heard – for example, planning and running training for professionals.
  • Keeps children in care updated on anything it has found our through meetings, or topics presented by guests and visitors.


Children and young people's voice and influence in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council believes in co-designing and delivering services for children and young people, with children and young people. Such participation and involvement is coordinated by the Council’s Voice and Influence Team.


The team works to ensure the views of children and young people are heard and acted upon by decision-makers. It does this in partnership with schools, colleges, and voluntary sector organisations such as Healthwatch, as well as colleagues in commissioning, early help teams and across children’s services.

The team also manages the Children in Care Council (CiCC) and the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth (WAY). These groups meet monthly and welcome consultations and visitors. CiCC represents the views of Wiltshire’s looked after and care leaving populations. WAY members are either elected by peers, or are co-opted to represent particular groups, including those with special educational needs and/or disability, and those who are lesbian, gay and transgender. Both groups sit on committees, working groups and boards, including the Wiltshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, Corporate Parenting Panel and the Children’s Select Committee, amongst others. Children and young people are supported to sit on interview panels for children’s services staff, consider tender evaluations for children’s services and offer feedback on Council documents and policies.


Young people’s participation in co-production activities must have value to all parties; young people must be offered the opportunity to input directly into all processes and demonstrate their skills, ask questions and offer constructive feedback. Young people with additional needs will be supported to engage as and when appropriate.

When committees, boards, and external organisation are requesting the participation of young people at meetings, events and training, all relevant information must be available in advance, with a clear description of the reason for the request. The Voice and Influence Team coordinates such activity and prepares young people as necessary.


The Voice and Influence Team will be able to advise should you wish to seek the views of children and young people in Wiltshire. Guidance is available to ensure that enough time is given to establish intended outcomes, identify cohorts of young people, and prepare them for the work. Wiltshire Council and external partners requesting young people’s input should set aside sufficient resources to enable that participation. These may include funding for transportation (including an accompanying adult if necessary), cost of meals (in line with legislation regarding young people in the work place), and loss of earnings (where a young person misses work as a result of providing the service).


Children and young people are not paid for their involvement in activities related to co-production but they can expect to be treated fairly and not be out of pocket for their activities.

  • Travel expenses will be refunded when travelling by public transport
  • Appropriate refreshments will be provided according to time of day and length of meeting
  • Achievements are celebrated appropriately
  • An annual social event is organised as a thank you
  • Certificates and letters of thanks are issued

By being involved in any co-production work, children and young people will see action and change take place, or be informed of the reasons why change does not or cannot take place. They will be able to explain how their views influenced decisions that were made, and be seen at all stages of decision making and commissioning in Wiltshire.

Every six months, a You Said, We did document is produced by the Voice and Influence Team, which explains when and how children and young people have been involved and what the outcome has been. This is circulated to those involved in the work, as well as key officers within the council.


For more information, please contact voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk.


Wiltshire Members of Youth Parliament

  • West: Kirstie Stage 
  • East: Cecilia George 
  • North: Matthew Jamieson 

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Last updated: 5 October 2017 | Last reviewed: 5 October 2017