Young Commissioners - Children and Young People

Hertfordshire County Council ensures that children and young people have a voice in the services they receive, and since2016 youth voice has been at the very heart of these services! We are looking for young people to carry on the legacy and become Young Commissioners – could it be you?


In a nutshell

This is your chance to get involved and influence the services available to young people in Hertfordshire including how they are delivered, who delivers them and what the outcomes should be. Open to young people in Hertfordshire aged 13-19, up to 21 for care leavers and up to 25 for those with additional needs.

It’s about doing things ‘with’ you and not ‘to’ you. Making sure that what you need is what you get ... within reason!


Who are Young Commissioners?

Young Commissioners are young people from all over the county, from a diverse range of backgrounds, some might be young people living away from home, care leavers and some may have disabilities or learning difficulties however, all are committed to making change for the better.


What do I need to do as a Young Commissioner?

Attend a training programme to learn more about what is involved before formally signing up.

Learn about how services for children and young people are developed, commissioned and delivered, and how co-production - young people working with decision makers - works.

Develop your skills in advocacy and representing others, presentation and recording skills, working in groups and how to assess quality and what evidence to look for.

Young Commissioners are required to attend a one day training event, these are generally held on a Saturday. The training is action packed to prepare you for the roles and responsibilities of being a Young Commissioner.

Enjoy it - believe that you are making a difference because you are.


What is the time commitment?

We recognise that you have lives...School, college, work, friends and family – and all these are important.

You can be involved as much as your time will allow. The training day is a must though and from then on, meetings and visits with decision makers, providers of services, etc. will be organised as much as possible around your availability as a group.

You can get involved in the financial side, procurement, marketing, interviewing, quality assuring – whatever stages you are interested in or even better, challenge yourself and get involved in an area that you wouldn’t necessarily choose maybe?


Want to get involved?

Volunteering your time is a great way not only to learn new skills but also to get recognition that can be used towards the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, or to develop your CV whether it is for employment, college or university.

Young Commissioners is a very exciting project and one that really makes a difference.

Young Commissioners have previously been involved in commissioning of drug and alcohol, mental health and young carers services, the evaluation and quality assurance of children’s residential homes and the interviewing and recruitment of senior staff within Children’s Services at Hertfordshire County Council.


The next event

Training is available throughout the year. The next training date is Saturday, 4th May 2019.


To find out more or to register your interest, please email


Read about how young commissioners are going to support the youth voice in Hertfordshire as they revolutionise CAMHS, working with Clinical Commissioning Groups and partners.