What is the Young People's Panel?
Luton's Young People's Panel (YPP) - formerly the Children's Panel - was set up in September 2000. The panel plays an important role in giving young people in care in Luton an opportunity to be involved in the decision making process that affects their lives.
The Panel helps Luton Borough Council fulfil its Corporate Parenting responsibilities to young people in care.
The Panel ensures that children in care and care-leavers are fully involved in the democratic process. It also gives advice to the Council on how best to support young people in care and improve standards in the care system.
What does the Panel do?
Each year the Panel produces an action plan which is aimed at improving all aspects of the life of a looked-after child. It also addresses legislation and policy issues.
The young people on the panel are encouraged to set the agenda for meetings and the yearly action plan.
Over the years the Young People's Panel has proved to be a very effective way of involving young people in care with decisions that directly concern them and empowering them to make a difference to the lives of other looked-after children in Luton.