Teenagers in council takeover

Youngsters will become council bosses and decision makers for a day when they get the chance to experience the world of work and public services.

Several young people aged 12–18 from across the borough will spend the day this Friday (22 November) working alongside councillors, senior managers and their teams at Kingston Council as part of national Takeover Day which is sponsored by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Council leader Liz Green will be shadowed by one of the youngsters when the group spends a whole day seeing how the council operates and getting involved in decision-making.

The group, including children in care and members of Kingston Youth Council and local projects, will get down to business in areas such as children’s services, housing and property management as well as working with Kingston Voluntary Action.

“It’s a great idea and Kingston Council is proud to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to letting someone else take over for the day!

“I hope that the young people will benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and to make their voices heard. We want to help bridge the generation gap and encourage children's active involvement in the community.”

Councillor Liz Green, Kingston Council leader

“We’re giving young people from all sorts of backgrounds the chance to get a taste of day-to-day working life and to contribute their enthusiasm and skills.

They can give us a fresh perspective on what we do too. It will be a positive experience for all of us.”

Nick Whitfield, Director of Children’s Services

For more information about national Takeover Day go to