Children and young people's Takeover Challenge 2021 - Camden Rise

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Children and young people's Takeover Challenge 2021

Students from Parliament Hill School pictured with the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Sabrina Francis (centre), at Camden's Takeover Challenge event in the Council Chamber on 26 November.

Pupils from Camden primary and secondary schools presented their findings and ideas around key topics to a panel of senior Camden Council representatives as part of the annual Takeover Challenge, which was held in the Council Chamber, Crowndale Centre, on Friday, 26 November.

The children, ranging from Year 5 to Year 9, put forward their views on education and making the curriculum more diverse; being safe and staying safe; mental health; equalities and disproportionality; youth activities and opportunities. Eight schools took part, with seven presenting in-person in the Council Chamber and one school via video link.

Pupils also made recommendations for action by the Council and Camden Learning to help improve the lives of children and young people in Camden. The annual event was held online last year so we were pleased to be able to host an in-person event this year, with a range of COVID-19 safety measures in place. You can see more photos from Friday's event here.

This year's panel, who listened to the presentations and put follow-up questions to the pupils, included the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Sabrina Francis (pictured above); Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families, Cllr Angela Mason; Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director, Supporting People, Martin Pratt and the Director of Children's Safeguarding and Social Work, Rashida Baig.