Youth Voice

Our Approach to
Youth Voice

At Youth Focus North West we believe that all children and young people should be heard and have their views acted upon. We do this by providing platforms for young people to amplify their voice, increasing opportunities for young people to influence and by cultivating young leaders.

About the Lundy Model

Developed by Professor Laura Lundy, the Lundy Model provides a way of conceptualising a child’s right to participation. lt is based on four key concepts of Space, Voice, Audience and Influence; these are now used and adopted by national and international organisations, agencies and governments to inform their understanding of children’s participation.

We believe that all children and young people should have their full set of rights – and this is outlined explicitly in the Lundy Model.

Our work is underpinned by the Lundy Model, a participation framework based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
When we work with external partners or commissioners, the Lundy Model will form a basis of how we deliver work with young people.

We will always advocate for children and young people to have the best experience possible when working with our partners and stakeholders. All of our projects consider the Lundy Model – Space, Voice, Audience and Influence throughout each stage of delivery.



YFNW External Voice Framework

We offer a range of training packages for organisations and individuals on the Lundy Model and youth voice methods. To find out more go to the training page of our website or contact [email protected]



“Training provides an essential foundation to developing strategy and delivery around children’s voice and participation work. I am delighted that Youth Focus North West has taken the challenge set by voice workers from across England and developed training based on my model and it’s even better to hear that they are training both the workforce and young people on the Lundy Model”

Professor Laura Lundy

We are a founding member of the national Leading Lundy Community of Practice, where key organisations and practitioners come together to share learning. The inaugural event launched in Manchester, with a further two meetings in London and Belfast. 

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