The Children’s Involvement Team has lead on the nationally acclaimed Young Inspectors project since April 2011, to ensure that children and young people have the opportunity to influence the services they access.

The Young Inspectors project operates through two separate groups that are defined by their age, 8-12 and 13-19 years. Both groups of Young Inspectors have been trained by the Children’s Involvement Team to inspect leisure activities, services and venues to assess how fun, inclusive and user-friendly they are. The two groups are identical in their purpose but have each created their own sets of age appropriate assessment criteria.

Young Inspectors 13-19 has over 40 disabled and non-disabled members who have been recruited from across Sheffield. Both groups of Young Inspectors are assessing services in the public and private sector to highlight good practice and identify any areas for development.

Inspection Criteria:  


The Young Inspectors have devised a set of assessment criteria which they use to review services offered for children and young people in Sheffield. The children and young people are supported by The Children’s Involvement Team to attend activities and ‘mystery shop’ them against their criteria. After much discussion and deliberation, the Young Inspectors award activities with a star rating. Activities awarded with 4 or 5 stars have passed the inspection and receive a certificate. Those activities receiving 3, 2 or 1 stars fail the
inspection and are re-inspected at a later date. All activity providers are sent feedback with recommendations regardless of their star rating.

The young people aged between 13-19 developed the following criteria to use in their evaluations...  

>> Click here for a poster of the Young Inspectors' 13-19 criteria

>> Click here for a details of the Young Inspectors' star rating system




After every inspection the service manager is given a feedback folder containing the following:

  • Young Inspectors’ scoring sheet and feedback
  • Adults’ record of events and feedback
  • Recommendations for improvements
  • A3 poster detailing the inspection criteria
  • Certificate of recognition (if the service has received 4 or 5 stars out of 5).

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>> To find out what the young people have been saying about the activities they have inspected click here

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We provide a range of services including; commisioned inspections, training your children and young people to become inspectors and offer advice in setting up your own inclusive inspector project. If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact us

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