Several leading agencies in children and young people's participation contribute to the Gateway's development as Gateway Partners. We are always looking for organisations to join us and contribute resources.
Action for Children
Action for Children (formerly NCH) meets the needs of children and young people who most need support to achieve their full potential. Through our work and through speaking out, we seek to break the cycle of deprivation. We challenge injustice and empower children to overcome the obstacles in their lives that hold them back. We tailor our work to local circumstances, in partnership with children and young people, families, communities and local organisations.
British Youth Council
BYC is the national youth council for young people aged under 26 in the UK. We represent and involve a unique coalition of young people through their involvement as individuals or through their youth organisations. We bring young people together to agree on issues of common concern and encourage them to bring about change through taking collective action.
Children’s Right Alliance for England
CRAE is an alliance of over 380 voluntary and statutory organisations committed to children’s human rights. We aim to improve the lives and status of children in England through the full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights instruments. We work in partnership with children and young people. We monitor developments in children's rights; advocate for law and policy to be fully compatible with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights instruments; and disseminate children's rights information to professionals and the public.
Children's Rights Officers & Advocates
CROA is a membership organisation for Children's Rights Officers & Advocates, Children's Participation Officers & individuals working to promote children's rights & participation in England & Wales. The majority of our members provide rights, advocacy and participation services to children and young people "looked after" "in need" and those involved in child protection procedures. They are, in the main, employed by one of the children's charities working in partnership with individual local authorities.
Children's Workforce Development Council
CWDC aims to improve the lives of children, young people, their families and carers. They do this by ensuring that those who work with children and young people have the best possible training, qualifications and support. They also help organisations work together more closely so that children and young people are at the heart of what they do. CWDC closed as of March 2012 and its functions moved to the Teaching Agency and Children's Improvement Board. Many materials from the old CWDC website can be found in the Workforce Development topic area.
Citizenship Foundation - Youth Act!
Youth Act supports groups of young people working with adults who want to achieve social or political change in their school, youth club or community. It offers evening and residential weekend training in the skills of problem solving, team building and cooperation, influencing decision makers, communication, fundraising and campaigning. Youth Act includes groups of young people concerned about gun crime, mobile phone theft, ‘postcode warfare’, community cohesion, teenage pregnancy, hospital closure, bullying, improving their housing estates, sexual crimes, schools meals and lack of youth provision.
Council for Disabled Children - Making Ourselves Heard!
Council for Disabled Children works to influence national policy that impacts upon disabled children and children with special educational needs and their families. We aim to promote the active participation of disabled children and young people, making sure their voices and success stories are heard. Making Ourselves Heard! is a project which aims to ensure the active participation of disabled children and young people in all decisions directly affecting them; in the development of their local communities; in the strategic planning of services; and in all aspects of the work of the Council for Disabled Children.
StudentVoice seeks to promote democracy in schools. This means everyone having a say, and weight been given to the views of the most important stakeholders in our education system - the students. We have a steering group made up of young people who help us make decisions about the way we run and what we focus on. StudentVoice was previously known as the English Secondary Students Association (ESSA).
Involve is a not for profit organisation which exists to put people at the heart of decision-making. We believe public participation can help solve some of our most pressing challenges and lead to the genuine empowerment of people. Involve carries out research into what actually works in participation and works to spread this knowledge to those who need it. Involve also runs www.peopleandparticipation.net an online portal covering a wide range of participative methods and information.
Involved by Right
Involved by Right is an EU Daphne programme grant-funded project which seeks to improve participation and advocacy in child protection to achieve better outcomes for children at risk. The project is unique in that it will ensure the active participation of children with experience of the child protection system and those in public care. The project started in March 2011 and will end in February 2013. More information can be found within our International topic area.
KIDS works with disabled children, young people and their families. Their vision is a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families. They provide practical support and advice to address the physical and emotional challenges around disability through their services which focus on play, leisure, education and family support.
National Council for Voluntary Youth Services
NCVYS is the only national independent body that represents voluntary and community youth organisations in England. Through the work that we do, we are helping such organisations to build their capacity to deliver quality youth work. Our mission is to ensure the development and recognition of a vibrant, sound and diverse voluntary and community sector that involves, empowers and meets the needs of all young people.
National Youth Agency
NYA aims to advance youth work to promote young people's personal and social development, and their voice, influence and place in society. We achieve this by: Supporting those working with young people in a variety of settings, Influencing and shaping youth policy and improving youth services; Promoting young people's participation, influence and place in society and by enhancing and demonstrate youth participation.
Participation for Schools
Participation means giving children a say in their education, listening to them and involving them as much as possible in decision making in school life. It means valuing their opinions and ideas and giving them control over their learning. This site also has real examples of schools where participation is making a difference to pupils and to the school environment. This website has since closed but the information has been archived on our Education topic page.
Our purpose is to ensure that children and young people in England have the space and opportunity to play freely as part of their daily lives. Participation Works is part of the Free Time Consortium, a growing collective of local and specialist organisations working together to increase freedom to play.The Consortium is led by Play England and is founded on the principle of sharing information about how to make sure more children can play more often. Find out more in our Play topic area.
Save the Children UK
Save the Children aims to deliver long term, sustainable improvements to children’s lives. We help the most disadvantaged children and their communities to develop child focused responses to the challenges they face. To achieve our vision of a world where children can expect a healthy and secure childhood we focus on six core themes including health, education and social protection.
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust is a UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working. Through practical support including training, mentoring and financial assistance, we help 14-30 year olds realise their potential and transform their lives. We focus our efforts on those who've struggled at school, been in care, been in trouble with the law, or are long-term unemployed.
UK Youth Parliament
The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. Run by young people for young people, UKYP gives the young people of the UK, between the age of 11 and 18 a voice, which is heard and listened to by local and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people.
YoMo Community Interest Company
YoMo is a social enterprise providing a range of training and resources designed to help build the capacity of young people to effectively participate in society.
The YoMo website provides a range of practical resources including free downloadable information sheets and a resource section. The YoMo online network is a free online space for practitioners to share ideas, experiences and information.
Young Children's Voices Network
YCVN is a national project promoting listening within the early years. The network supports local authorities (LAs) in developing good practice in listening to young children, so that young children's views may inform policy and improve early childhood services. Find out more in our Early Years topic area.
Carnegie Young People Initiative
CYPI was an initiative of the Carnegie UK Trust, set up to increase the influence children and young people have over decisions that affect them. The Carnegie UK Trust was one of the initiating partners and coordinator of Participation Works until September 2006. The idea for a ‘good practice centre’ on youth participation was one of the key recommendations of Carnegie UK Trust 2003 report for the Department for Education and Skills, titled ‘Expanding Involvement: A Snapshot of Participation Infrastructure for Young People living in England’.