Work is child’s play at HoW College

02 December 2016

Work is child’s play at HoW College


Last week at Heart of Worcestershire College it was a case of role reversal for the Social Work department as they participated in the Takeover Challenge.

Young people, aged between 7 and 16 years old, were given the chance to “takeover” the College’s BA Social Work student’s classes including planning and delivering lessons, hosting group activities, attending meetings and conducting role playing sessions.

Takeover Challenge is a country-wide event run by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives children the opportunity to step in the shoes of adults at work.

The Challenge has grown year-on-year with more than 45,000 children from all over the country taking part in 2016. Organisations and individuals who get involved include major broadcasters, government departments, a West End theatre and MPs.

Speaking about the day, BA Social Work student, Beth Barber said:

“The children's take over day was brilliant and all of the children were amazing! It has highlighted to me exactly why I am doing this degree.”

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said: “Takeover Challenge goes from strength to strength every year, with tens of thousands of children across England now taking part. I am enormously grateful to organisations and individuals who embrace the challenge and throw open their doors to involve young people.

“Children are full of fresh ideas, imagination and energy so they can really provide a fresh perspective that organisations can benefit from. Giving children and young people a chance to do adult roles for the day helps organisations understand the needs of children, who also use the experience to show off their talents and achieve their full potential.”