Get Involved

Participation is the means by which young people realise their rights, where they join with adults to make decisions.

Our principles of participation

  • It is an ongoing process
  • It must enable young people to influence their outcomes
  • It values and supports collaboration

Who’s can participate?

Children and young people aged 0-19 years of age (or up to 25 if they have a disability), are looked after or a care leaver in Sandwell.

How can I participate?

We have 2 groups here at the Trust. Voices of Sandwell is for looked after children aged 11-17 and The Forum for Independent Young Adults is for care leavers aged 17-25.

Sandwell Council also offers the SHAPE Programme for all children and young people where members provide a voice for young people across Sandwell and have been consistently used as a consultative body for various initiatives concerning young people.

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You could edit newsletters / run sessions / come up with new ways to help others and get them involved!

Voices of Sandwell

Voices of Sandwell is a group of young people aged 11-17 that are in the care of Sandwell Children’s Trust. It is a place to get involved in lots of exciting projects and learn new skills.


The Forum for Independent Young Adults (FIYA) offers the chance to make a difference and make things better for young adults and children in care.


The SHAPE Programme organises events and opportunities throughout the year for children and young people to engage in positive activities.

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