Young people to question health and social care leaders in the city for Takeover Day

As part of this year’s Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day young people from Leeds will be questioning the city’s health and care leaders about their plans to improve emotional and mental health.

Young people from YouthWatch Leeds, the consumer champions for health and care, will be using the tenth anniversary of the national Takeover Day to find out more about the support and services that are being develop to support their peers.

Three young people will be taking over the Future in Mind Leeds Programme Board, which looks to improve the social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 0 – 25 years. The programme board oversees the Future in Mind Leeds Local Transformation Plan and the Future in Mind Leeds Strategy.

On the interviewing panel will be Dr Jane Mischenko, who is the Lead Commissioner for Children and Maternity at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Partnership, and Councillor Lisa Mulherin, who is the Executive Board Member for Children and Families at Leeds City Council.

This is a great opportunity for young people to ask us questions about what we’re doing in Leeds to improve children and young people emotional and mental health. Anything that they’re not so sure about, whether it’s something in the Future in Mind Leeds Strategy or the Local Transformation Plan, they will be able to question us.
The interview will also give them an insight into the work that’s being undertaken, by health and social care organisations, as well as community organisations to improve children and young people’s emotional and mental health, and how we’re all working together to achieve this. As part of this joint working, we will be working closely with schools as they have a key role in engaging with young people.

Dr Jane MischenkoLead Commissioner for Children and Maternity at NHS Leeds CCGs Partnership

The meeting and interviews will be recorded and it will be shared with other young people on social media, as they may have similar questions to those that will be asked at the interview.
We want young people to understand the purpose of the Future in Mind Leeds Strategy and the Local Transformation Plan, and services that will benefit them and future generations. To find out more about the Future in Mind Leeds Strategy, visit the MindMate website ( which is a Leeds-based website for young people, their families and the professionals who support them. They’re there to help you explore emotional wellbeing and mental health issues and offer information about where support is available.

Liz NeillEngagement Lead for Future in Mind at Common Room

The Takeover challenge has been organised by Common Room and Healthwatch Leeds. This is part of a bigger project over the next year, where members of YouthWatch Leeds will be supported by Common Room to visit young people’s mental health service providers in Leeds in order to assess the impact of the strategy on young people.

Find out how the young people get along on 28 November, when the Takeover Day will be taking place from 11:20am to 12.30pm by following these social media accounts:

  • @MindMateLeeds
  • @nhsleeds
  • @youthwatchleeds

Get involved in the conversation on social media by using the following hashtags #TakeoverChallenge #FutureinMindLeeds #TakeoverChallengeLeeds


Notes to editors

Takeover Challenge

This year is the tenth anniversary of the Takeover Challenge, originally launched in 2007 by the Children’s Commissioner’s Office as a fun, imaginative and exciting activity to encourage organisations across England to open their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.

This year, Takeover Challenge will officially take place on 24 November.

For further information visit 

Future in Mind: Leeds

Our vision is to develop a culture where talking about feelings and emotions is the norm, where it is acceptable to acknowledge difficulties and ask for help and where those with more serious problems are quickly supported by people with skills to support those needs. The Future in Mind: Leeds Strategy and underpinning Local Transformation Plan sets out how we will achieve this. Future in Mind: Leeds is a single overarching strategy, underpinned by the Future in Mind: Leeds Local Transformation Plan. This strategy brings together the Leeds response to the recommendations from the Department of Health’s publication Future in Mind (2015) and its duties within the Children & Family Act (2014), in terms of the SEND requirements for pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Click on the following link to view the Future in Mind: Leeds Strategy and Local Transformation Plan

Common Room

Common Room listen and act on the views and expertise of young people with lived experience across disability, health and mental health.

For further information on Common Room visit

YouthWatch Leeds 

YouthWatch Leeds is a group of 14-25 year old volunteers that work with Healthwatch Leeds. They listen to the views of children and young people on how services like doctors, dentists and social workers could be made better for them.

For further information on YouthWatch Leeds visit

NHS Leeds CCGs Partnership

Since 1 April 2017, the three CCGs (NHS Leeds North CCG, NHS Leeds South and East CCG and NHS Leeds West CCG) have been working together as the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups Partnership, with a shared leadership team and joint governance arrangements.

Issued by the communications team at NHS Leeds CCGs Partnership. You can contact the team on 0113 84 35528 or 0113 84 35470. Alternatively please email: