19 March 2018


Hundreds of school children have had a taste of local democracy  in a debate that covered everything from healthy school meals to social media.

Students from 15 primary and secondary schools took part in the debates in the council chamber. Two schools debated a topic for five minutes each. The young people then took a vote on the topic.

The event chaired by former Sheffield Lord Mayors Councillor Denise Fox and Councillor Tony Damms was also attended by the event’s organiser Councillor Dawn Dale and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families Councillor Jackie Drayton, as well as young people from Sheffield Futures.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “In Sheffield, we are passionate about championing the voice of children & young people, whether this is via the Sheffield Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament or through our annual Every Child Matters Survey. This event continues this important work.

“It was fantastic to see so many young people take part in this unique experience to see first-hand how the council and local democracy works in practice.”

Young people , who attended the debate said: “It is brilliant that we are allowed to debate about things that affect us.”

“I liked the ‘open floor’ where we can talk and voice our opinion on different matters.”