Youth4U - Young Inspectors 2009-2011

Hosted by NCB, the Look Listen Change partnership includes the British Youth Council (BYC), KIDS, NCB Residential Child Care (NCBRCC) and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC).

The partnership worked with local organisations across England between 2009-2011 to give disadvantaged and marginalised young people greater influence over services in their areas through the Youth4U – Young Inspectors programme.

The purpose of the programme was to:

  • Enable young people to become more socially responsible, by supporting them in coming together to improve their communities;
  • Increase the numbers and quality of opportunities for marginalised young people and give them the opportunity to improve services and enable change in their communities;
  • Help marginalised young people to engage their peers in influencing local policies and services across a wide range of issues including   locality, health, neighbourhood renewal, transport and community  service in the benefit of their neighbourhoods; and
  • Enable young people to have much greater impact on local services by feeding back both their and the views of their peers.

The programme supported adult support workers in local organisations to recruit, train and support young people to investigate and assess how local services are doing and help them to improve things where they could be better. The young people were given the opportunity to achieve an accreditation through the programme.

To be eligible young people had to be 13-19 years old or up to 25 if they are disabled and / or have learning difficulties.

For general information please contact us.

Download 'What is Look Listen Change?' as a PDF (51 KB PDF)

You can read an executive summary of theYouth 4U - Young Inspectors 2009-2011 programme and other important archived documents from this pilot below.

Youth4U - Young Inspectors Executive Summary (105 KB PDF)
Youth4U - Frequently Asked Questions (155 KB PDF) 
Youth4U - Young Inspectors: Where is the programme run (27 KB PDF)

Youth4U - Young Inspectors 2009 - 2011 Final Evaluation Report (752 KB PDF)
The evaluation, which was carried out by the NCB Research Centre, monitored the programme’s success in engaging and training young people and completing inspections; and assessed the impact (or perceived impact) of the programme on young people, services and local authorities.

Making Services Better: costs and benefits of the Young Inspectors Programme
A report for National Children’s Bureau by Europe Economics
(723 KB PDF)
Europe Economics has worked with NCB to assess the economic costs and benefits of the programme, and made use of the data provided by NCB from its evaluation of the programme (gathered through surveys of the young participants, local authorities, support workers and service providers) as well as administrative data.

Participation Works is a partnership of…
British Youth CouncilChildren's Rights Alliance for EnglandKIDSNational Council for Voluntary Youth ServicesNational Youth AgencyNCB