Whitehall Takeover Challenge was launched by the Children’s Commissioner for England in 2016, offering teens in care and care leavers the unique opportunity to take on roles at the very heart of decision-making in government departments. Participants gain valuable insight and experience of a workplace, while government departments benefit from a fresh perspective on their work. In 2018, teens with care experience took over senior roles at the Department for Education and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, among others.
For next year’s Whitehall Takeover Challenge, the Children’s Commissioner is looking for ten teens in care and care leavers to take over key senior roles across Whitehall in February 2020.
If you were in charge for the day, what one thing would you change for yourself and all children in care?
The closing date for receipt of entries is midnight on 22 December 2019. The winning entrants will be notified in early January 2020. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Who can enter: Teens in care and care leavers in England between the ages of 14 and 25
Format: written entries which must be no longer than 500 words in length
Closing date: midnight on Sunday 22 December 2019
Judge: Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield
IMO – Write, Speak, Share
Children’s Commissioner’s Office
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT