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Teens 'take over' Liverpool council

TAKE OVER: Liverpool city council

A GROUP of teenagers from Liverpool will run the council's children's services department today (Dec 2).

The young people, who are part of the city's Children in Care Council and Liverpool Schools Parliament, will attend a cabinet meeting with senior councillors and officials in a bid to get them 'involved' in government matters.

The initiative is part of Liverpool’s contribution to the national Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day, which gives young people across the UK the opportunity to have their say and help shape services.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Jane Corbett, said: “Our young people are all real stars – talented, enthusiastic and committed to a bright future for the city."

“It’s vital we involve them in what we do so they can how the council operates and learn how we make decisions," she added.

Assistant director of children’s services, Colette O’Brien added: “This should be really beneficial for the young people involved, giving us a fantastic insight into their perspectives, and what they want from council services.”

The young people will also take part in a leadership master class, being given tips and advice on how to chair meetings, express themselves and put forward a persuasive argument.

Ms Corbet continued: “Our young people are all real stars – talented, enthusiastic and committed to a bright future for the city."

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