Children and young people taking part in the recruitment and selection process allows them to have an input into who will be working with them. For strategic or roles within services that do not have direct contact with children and young people, their attitudes and approach to children and young people can be assessed. It is also a clear way of demonstrating to candidates the importance and value the organisation places on participation.
The involvement of children and young people can include preparation of job descriptions and person specifications and contributing to the short listing before interview. It is commonplace for children and young people to take part on interview panels either alongside adults or separately.
How to involve children and young people in recruitment and selection
The participation agenda aims to involve all children and young people in all areas of their lives. This includes the recruitment and selection of the staff who support them. This How To guide provides introductory information and ideas on how to do this.
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The Recruitment Pack
Involving children and young people in the recruitment of staff
The Right Choice - Involving chidren and young people in recruitment and selection
This guide from Action for Children aims to provide an overview of the recruitment and selection process, consider why it is important to involve children and young people, and provide the basic information and techniques to do this in an inclusive and empowering way.
YouthCAN Recruitment & Selection Checklist
Checklist for involving children & young people in recruitment
YouthCAN Training pack for involving Children & Young People in Recruitment & Selection
Gloucestershire Interview Training Programme for Children and Young People
Involving children and young people within the interview process. NCB DVD available to view online.
Involving children and young people in recruitment and selection. This section of the Taking Part in Making Decisions: Training for 8 to 12-year-olds resource includes a series of activities for involving children and young people.
Involving young people in the recruitment of staff, volunteers and mentors. Information on developing procedures and training support needs.
Case studies and interviews
Collection of case studies and interviews from the South West region around involving young people in recruitment and selection.
Recruitment and selection training manual
A training manual developed by young people, to be used by young people to train other young people to be involved in recruitment and selection. This was produced with funding from the CWDC participation fund by the West Midlands region.
Toolkit with ready to run activities
A toolkit of activities that can be used to train young people to take part in the recruitment process. This was produced with funding form the CWDC Participation Fund by the South West region.
Involving children and young people in workforce development toolkit
A toolkit of workforce related resources on 'How to involve children and young people' in workforce development including appraisal and assessment.