The Voice of

Children and Young People

The vision

‘Dudley is a Borough where in co-production with children and young people their rights are realised, and their views shape decisions that are made about their lives and those of their families’

DMBC Active Involvement Strategy.


There is a strong commitment in Dudley Children’s Services to the active involvement of children and young people.

We support young people to make sure that they are heard on the issues that they feel are important and that their views are taken in to account by decision makers.

Through this process they will be able to develop their personal and social skills and identify how they are able to achieve more positive outcomes as active citizens.








Coram Voice's Care Experienced Digital Innovators answer your questions about your care and give you hints and tips to guide you through the process. These are films made for and by care experienced young people, and they answer the big questions about care, as well as explaining how Coram Voice can help.

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Dudley UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark Results 2019

From August to October 2019 members of Dudley Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) promoted the ‘Make Your Mark’ survey across the Borough. This is part of a national consultation which aims to identify the key issues affecting young people across the UK.


Schools across Dudley were asked to support the consultation by supporting Youth Councillors to lead assemblies to promote the ballot, by running and counting their own ballot or through teachers completing the ballot with students in school.


Dudley received 9539 votes all together and we would like to thank you for your support in making this happen and allowing young people voices to be heard.



The top five national issues were debated by young people in the House of Commons on the 8th November this year and will be available to be seen from the 13th of December 2019 at Those present then voted on what should be the two UKYP campaigns for 2020 – these were:

  • Put an end to Knife crime - Too many young people’s lives are lost to knife crime; the Government need to do more to help end the knife crime epidemic.

  • Protect the Environment – We believe that we have a responsibility to protect the environment from the effects of climate change for the next generation; and that the Government should look forward towards carbon neutral alternatives 

Unfortunately, this year it was not possible for the debate to be broadcast live due to the debate taking place during purdah (pre-election period).


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We’ve just updated the FREE STUFF section of IMO with some fantastic freebies, all exclusively available to children in care and care leavers in your area. Please share the site and these offers with members of your children in care council, care leavers in your area, and social workers, foster carers, etc.


Current ‘free stuff’ offers include:

  • Birchbox make-up and bracelet

  • Year-long subscription to Headspace meditation and mindfulness app

  • Goodies from Skinnydip London and Google

  • A free edition of The Week Junior Magazine

  • Premier League tickets




IMO is a new peer-led digital platform exclusively for children in care and care leavers. It has children’s voices at its heart, and all of its content has been created by or developed with input from children in care, for children in care.

The hub is regularly updated with new blogs, vlogs, podcasts, articles and campaigns. It also features a promotional section called ‘free stuff’, where we are giving away fantastic freebies and exclusive offers (including these tickets!) we have worked hard to secure from companies including Google and The V&A Museum, among others.

Please contact Darren Foley for further information 01384 815172.

Children in Care Council

For more information please contact:

Amanda Grove (Lead for Youth and Community) 01384 818145 / 07900 161563

Darren Foley (Participation Officer - Children Looked After and Care Leavers) 01384 815172 / 07827 836969

Make A Difference and Our Say Our Way

Siobhan Lloyd (Youth Participation Officer) 01384 818026 / 07773 960401

Project Update Report by 
Emerson Hanslip, Youth Commissioners,
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8 Jan 2020

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