Young people across a number of schools from Sandwell took part in the council's child’s voice conference held at the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich on 30 November. They were there to shape the services they want to get from the council over the next year. The conference formed part of a series of events that have taken place over the past year as part of the council's SHAPE programme.

Feedback at last year's event led Sandwell Council to organise a variety of events including a talent contest, events in parks over the six weeks holidays and a Youth Festival in August.

At the conference young people told us how they'd enjoyed the events this year and were looking forward to a similar programme in 2016.

At the conference young people were treated to workshops provided by Creative Academies, Sandwell's Public Health and Loudmouth theatre group.

Workshops focussed not only on getting views from young people but also on the council’s five children and young people outcomes that make up the SHAPE programme: staying safe, being healthy, achieving and enjoying, making a positive contribution and economic wellbeing.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services said:

"The young people I spoke to really enjoyed the event and felt the council was listening to their views.

"We've had some great feedback from the young people. They clearly got a lot out of the conference.

"I am committed to hearing views from young people and it's important for them to help decide the services the council provides for them.

"Like last year, the ideas from young people will influence not just children's services but all the services the council provides."