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Children and young people's voice

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) 2020 Elections

Do not miss this opportunity for your voice to be heard 

  • Submission window for manifestos: Monday 18th November - Monday 16th December 
  • Elections: 3rd February to 14th February 2020 
  • 2020 term of office for MYPs will commence on March 1st 2020 

The British Youth Parliament provides opportunities for those aged 11 to 18 years to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.

Find out more about the current Members of Youth Parliament

Wiltshire Council is a member of the British Youth Council (BYC) which organises and runs the UK Youth Parliament. Wiltshire has three seats on Youth Parliament and holds annual elections for young people aged 11 to 18 years.

The current Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) for Wiltshire are:

  • Heather Louise Newton Wiltshire East
  • Aanya Mary Verma Wiltshire West
  • Declan Kiely Wiltshire North

MYPs are expected to participate and have a leadership role within Wiltshire Youth Union.

Wiltshire has three seats on the Youth Parliament, as defined in the attached information.

Youth Parliament offers unique opportunities for those who have an interest in decision-making and in representing the views of peers. These will be young people who want to make positive change and who can, with support, hold their own in some challenging situations.

Members of Youth Parliament are expected to take a leadership role in the Wiltshire Youth Union (WYU). Any young person in Wiltshire can be a member of WYU and we encourage youth participation in the forum and welcome all newcomers who wish to get involved.

For more information contact sarah.banks@wiltshire.gov.uk, 07342 064355.


Children and young people's voice and influence in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council believes in co-designing and delivering services for children and young people, with children and young people. Such participation and involvement is coordinated by the Council’s Commissioning team under the Voice and Influence portfolio.


Voice and influence works to ensure the views of children and young people are heard and acted upon by decision-makers. It does this in partnership with schools, colleges, and voluntary sector organisations such as Healthwatch, as well as colleagues in commissioning, early help teams and across children’s services.

The portfolio also manages the Children in Care Council (CiCC) and the Wiltshire Youth Union (WYU). These groups meet regularly and welcome consultations and visitors. CiCC represents the views of Wiltshire’s looked after and care leaving populations.  Elected members of Youth Parliament co-chair the WYU, membership is encouraged across all of Wiltshire Youth Voice including those with special educational needs and/or disability, and those who are lesbian, gay and transgender. Both groups sit on committees, working groups and boards, including the Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership, Corporate Parenting Panel and the Children’s Select Committee, amongst others. Children and young people are supported to sit on interview panels for children’s services staff, consider tender evaluations for children’s services and offer feedback on Council documents and policies.


Young people’s participation in co-production activities must have value to all parties; young people must be offered the opportunity to input directly into all processes and demonstrate their skills, ask questions and offer constructive feedback. Young people with additional needs will be supported to engage as and when appropriate.

When committees, boards, and external organisation are requesting the participation of young people at meetings, events and training, all relevant information must be available in advance, with a clear description of the reason for the request. Voice and Influence coordinates such activity and prepares young people as necessary.


Voice and Influence will be able to advise should you wish to seek the views of children and young people in Wiltshire. Guidance is available to ensure that enough time is given to establish intended outcomes, identify cohorts of young people, and prepare them for the work. An 'expression of  interest' form can be requested. Wiltshire Council and external partners requesting young people’s input should set aside sufficient resources to enable that participation. These may include funding for transportation (including an accompanying adult if necessary), cost of meals (in line with legislation regarding young people in the work place), and loss of earnings (where a young person misses work as a result of providing the service).


Children and young people are not paid for their involvement in activities related to co-production but they can expect to be treated fairly and not be out of pocket for their activities.

  • Travel expenses will be refunded when travelling by public transport
  • Appropriate refreshments will be provided according to time of day and length of meeting
  • Achievements are celebrated appropriately
  • An annual social event is organised as a thank you
  • Certificates and letters of thanks are issued

By being involved in any co-production work, children and young people will see action and change take place, or be informed of the reasons why change does not or cannot take place. They will be able to explain how their views influenced decisions that were made, and be seen at all stages of decision making and commissioning in Wiltshire.

Every six months, a You Said, We did document is produced by Voice and Influence, which explains when and how children and young people have been involved and what the outcome has been. This is circulated to those involved in the work, as well as key officers within the council.


For more information, please contact voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk or WYU@wiltshire.gov.uk 


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Last updated: 19 November 2019 | Last reviewed: 19 November 2019