Young People's Board for Change

Aged 13–16? Want to make a positive change? Want to have your views heard, develop skills, meet new people and have fun?

Applications have now closed to join our next cohort of YPBC members.

A huge thank you to every young person that applied to join the group, we can’t wait to read your applications and learn more about you! We received a massive 498 applications to join and we'll be back in touch with everyone that applied in February 2023.

Why should I join?

  • take part in exciting new experiences and opportunities
  • develop lots of new skills (we will give you training to support you with this!)
  • meet other young people from across the UK who also want to make a difference
  • get involved and make change happen at the NSPCC
  • most importantly... Have lots of fun!

This might sound really exciting, but might also involve lots of new things that you haven’t done before – that is totally OK, you don’t need any experience to apply! There will be lots of fun training sessions and workshops to support you to learn new things and develop your confidence along the way. Plus, our friendly Participation Team are here to support you through every step of your journey so that you feel confident and ready to be heard!

You can find lots more info about the role and the answers to some frequently asked questions in more information.

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Becky, 16, YPBC member said:

“The thing that’s been the most fun on the board is definitely making friends, meeting so many different people, and getting so many different opportunities. Plus having somewhere to express my opinions.

The thing I’ve learnt the most is to be confident and to sign yourself up for things – go for it, it’s an amazing opportunity you might never get again."

Apply now

Below you can find all the information that you need to apply for a place on the YPBC! You have until 23 January 2023 to complete an application.

If you would prefer to tell us about yourself in another way, like in a voice note or a video, just send us an email to let us know.

Step 1 - Complete an application form:

Step 2 - You will need parent/carer consent to take part in the YPBC. Please ask your parent/carer to:

If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the application form and consent form, send us an email at: participationteam@nspcc.org.uk. We will send you a paper version and instructions for how to complete it!

Step 1 - For more information about the YPBC in BSL:

Step 2 – To complete an application using BSL:

  • click on ‘application form BSL’ where you will find a BSL version of the application form. You can write your answers and submit them via this form
  • or you can send us a video of your responses using BSL. Please send any videos to: participationteam@nspcc.org.uk. For large files, you might need to use a file sharing app like Dropbox.

Step 3 - You will need parent/carer consent to take part in the YPBC. Please ask your parent/carer to:

If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the application form and consent form, send us an email at: participationteam@nspcc.org.uk. We will send you a paper version and instructions for how to complete it!

Welsh versions of all application resources are available here:

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Kasia, 17, said:

"I think I’ve had an exceptional experience, and definitely grown in confidence. Highlights have been opportunities like working with Childline to film content for their social media, and meeting HRH The Countess of Wessex.

My favourite thing has definitely been working with the other members and teams across the NSPCC to make positive change for other young people. I’ve learnt to not be afraid to speak up on issues that I’m passionate about.” 

More information and frequently asked questions

If you become a member of the YPBC, you will:

  • be introduced to other YPBC members virtually and take part in lots of fun activities so that you can get to know each other and start working as a team
  • come to monthly sessions and workshops with the rest of the YPBC, where you will share your views and ideas and shape the work of NSPCC! These meetings happen virtually on Zoom.
  • train and develop lots of important skills like campaigning, public speaking and more
  • share your views and what matters most to young people with key decision makers at the NSPCC, like our trustees and other staff
  • work with our national and regional campaigns teams to campaign for change
  • work with the rest of the YPBC to champion young people's views throughout the NSPCC. If you want to, this could involve sharing your views in the media or creating content for NSPCC and Childline social media channels.
  • take action on topics that matter to you. This will involve meeting and working together in smaller groups, sometimes with other young people who are not on the board, so you can find out what their views are
  • represent the YPBC at exciting events – this might involve travelling to different locations in the UK.

We ask YPBC members to be committed to:

  • being part of the Board from April 2023 to April 2025
  • attending all online and face-to-face meetings. Virtual meetings happen monthly via video call and we will also hold one face-to-face residential per year
  • sharing your views and ideas, telling us what you think about what NSPCC is working on and what we could do better for children and young people
  • working in a team of 14 other young people from across the UK
  • listening to others and respecting their views if they're different to yours
  • trying new things and taking part in new experiences, like getting to know new people and attending meetings with NSPCC decision-makers.

It doesn’t cost anything to join. We will cover the cost of travel, accommodation and other expenses, like food, when you come to any in-person events and meetings.

All of these details will be shared with you and your parent/carer before any meetings or events. If you need any tech equipment to take part in virtual meetings, for example a webcam or microphone, we can also support you to cover the costs of this. If there is anything you think may be a barrier to you applying or taking part, please get in touch.

Our current YPBC members have achieved loads over the past 2 years and had a big impact on the NSPCC! They have:

  • helped us to develop a new service ‘Talk Relationships' to support sex and relationships education in secondary schools
  • supported our ‘Wild West Web’ campaign to call on the government to make online spaces safe for young people. YPBC members have been to the Houses of Parliament and the Labour and Conservative party conferences to speak to politicians and call for change
  • helped to make sure that Childline campaigns are authentic and resonate with young people. Some members have created social content for Childline on topics they care about, like: Pride, Black History Month, body image, and bullying
  • worked with our fundraising team to help develop ideas for how NSPCC can run fundraising events in secondary schools
  • marched with NSPCC at Pride events across the UK and shared what Pride means from a young person’s perspective with NSPCC staff and volunteers
  • taken part in media opportunities to share a young person’s perspective, including sharing quotes to be used in newspaper articles, being interviewed by journalists, and appearing on shows including Sky FYI and Newsround.

Residentials are a really exciting opportunity to stay away from home in different parts of the UK, spend time with other YPBC members and take action. Each residential will happen over a weekend or school holiday and NSPCC will cover the costs so that you can attend for free. You will start your role on the YPBC virtually, so by the time we have the first residential you will already have got to know everyone in the group.

On a residential, you'll get to:

  • do lots of activities and workshops to share your ideas and get to know each other better as a team
  • take action on the topics that matter to you - this might involve working together in smaller groups and working with other young people who are not on the board to find out what their views are
  • develop your confidence and learn important skills like campaigning, public speaking and more
  • take part in fun activities in the evening, after a busy day of making change! We will let you have a say in what these activities are, but it could be things like going bowling, doing karaoke, having a movie night (with snacks), getting creative, or playing games.

The Participation team will have a chat with all YPBC members individually before an in-person residential, to make sure that you know what to expect and have all of the information and support that you need to feel confident taking part.

If you’re not sure who can complete your parent/carer consent form for you, or need help in getting it completed, just get in touch and we can support you with this.

We're looking for 13-16-year olds who:

  • have an interest in improving the lives of children and young people
  • are prepared to listen to others and respect their views
  • are willing to work with other young people and contribute their ideas
  • can attend all meetings and workshops (dates will be shared in advance).

What can young people get out of the experience?

As a member of our Young People’s Board for Change, they will get to:

  • travel across the country to take part in residentials, meetings, consultations and workshops.
  • have their views heard by other young people, NSPCC trustees, staff, politicians and decision-makers
  • train and learn (while being supported) how to seek the views of other children and young people by using a variety of methods
  • gain confidence in a range of new skills like campaigning and public speaking
  • meet and work with young people from across the UK and have lots of fun!

Child protection

We are committed to the protection of children and young people, and to the creation of a working culture where children and young people are valued and safeguarded. That means that all our staff are expected to work our child protection policy and procedures. To create a safe environment for children and staff where poor practice is challenged, we make sure that all staff are:

  • police-checked, and references are taken to verify staff suitability
  • supervised and supported in their work
  • work to our child protection procedures which are reviewed and updated as necessary
  • trained in child protection at a level appropriate to their work situation
  • able to raise concerns about poor or dangerous practice through the NSPCC’s child protection procedures and whistleblowing policy.

All our events are fully risk assessed. We also ensure that insurance details are obtained and verified for any external venues that we use.

Next steps and further information

If you think your child would like to join the YPBC, please go to the 'apply now' section, complete an application form and send it back to us by 23 January 2023. If you have any more questions, please contact Zazie Clarke: participationteam@nspcc.org.uk.

Help

Stuck, or need help with applying?

Contact our friendly Participation team: participationteam@NSPCC.org.uk.