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, held 'virtually' online this year.
The children, ranging from Year 5 to Year 9, put forward their views on mental health, food poverty, cyber bullying, online safety and racial equality, as well as sharing their experiences and lessons learned during lockdown and the pandemic.
They also made a series of recommendations for action by the Council to help improve the lives of children and young people in Camden. The annual event was held online using Zoom this year, with the help of technical support from Camden City Learning Centre and Camden Learning.
The participating schools were Brecknock Primary School, Torriano Primary School, Kingsgate Primary School, Argyle Primary School, Edith Neville Primary School, Regent High School, Camden School for Girls and Acland Burghley School.
The event was chaired by members of Camden Youth Council and Camden Children in Care Council.
This year's panel, who listened to the presentations and put follow-up questions to the pupils, included the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Maryam Eslamdoust; the Leader of the Council, Cllr Georgia Gould; the Council's Cabinet Member for Young People, Equalities and Cohesion, Cllr Abdul Hai; the Council's Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director (Supporting People), Martin Pratt; Managing Director of Camden Learning, Jon Abbey; Director of Children's Safeguarding and Social Work, Anne Turner, and Director of Equalities and Disproportionality, Hanad Mohamed.