Coproduction is all about how young people’s voices help to influence the design, delivery and evaluation of the service offered.

Children and young people’s wishes and feelings are at the heart of all the services they are offered.

KCC Vision For Kent

  • Involving people in making decisions
  • Working with them to design services that meet their needs
  • Supporting Kent’s voluntary and community sector

What is already happening?

60 Young people are elected as Members each year to Kent Youth County Council, we elect 4 members and up to 4 deputies to represent each of Kent’s 12 districts and 12 Community Seat members and up to 12 deputy members to represent minority communities in Kent, ensuring we are representative of all Kent’s communities. Our three top campaigns are decided by the elections when young people also vote for the issue most important for them.

Curriculum for Life: A Curriculum for Life is about ensuring young people will leave school with sufficient skills and knowledge to enter the toughest exam anyone, and everyone, will have to sit : LIFE!

Important topics that have been highlighted by young people are: sex education, finances, politics, home economics and many more. We are petitioning the Education Minister, asking Head Teachers to pledge to teach these lessons and creating tools including PowerPoints and lesson plans for use in schools to teach a Curriculum for Life. We are also working on this campaign with UK Youth Parliament.

Mental Health campaign: The Mental Health group have been putting together a calendar of relevant awareness days that promote good mental health. We have also started to produce a list of apps that help young peoples mental health.

Half of the mental health group have also joined with HeadStart to plan the ‘Big Conversation 2020’. We hope that by working with HeadStart, we will be able to better promote the work we do for mental health within KYCC.

Anti-Bullying: The anti-bullying group have been producing videos to raise awareness of the issue of bullying for both victims and the bullies themselves. The group are also working hard on creating a booklet for teachers and students on how to approach bullying and how to support victims and bullies on a 1:1 basis.

The anti-bullying group would also like to remind schools and youth clubs to use their anti-bullying toolkit and training file. Any school or youth club that has completed this training can get certificates for all trainees by emailing KYCC, further copies of this training resource can also be ordered by emailing us.

These are only our 3 main campaigns, we also work on lots of other projects including Period poverty, promoting equality among young people and tackling issues with public transport.

HeadStart Kent is working in four key areas of young people’s lives

  • School
  • Family
  • Community
  • Online world

Coproduction is all about how young people’s voices help to influence, shape the design, delivery and evaluation of the programme we offer. Coproduction is every bodies business, we all follow the three principles that young people said were important to them. Respect, Ownership and Communication. We want HeadStart to meet the needs of young people whilst empowering them to share their voices and experiences. The HeadStart team has participation workers in different areas within our groupings. It enables young people to continually be involved and supported and to ensure young people’s voices are heard first and foremost within HeadStart.

How to get involved!

If you are aged 10-16 there are so many different opportunities you can take part in within HeadStart. You don’t have to be the loudest person; you don’t need to be the most confident either. As long as you want to make a difference in young people’s lives in Kent we want you to get involved! You can jointly shape the HeadStart service and help us to improve young peoples mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

By 2020 HeadStart Kent wants every young person in Kent to be able to say with confidence:

  • “People around me understand wellbeing and how to promote it”
  • “My overall wellbeing is not impacted by the pressure to achieve and to ‘be perfect”
  • “There is always someone for me to talk to”.