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amplify was founded by Tom Burke in 2003. From young age Tom has been an advocate for children and young people. Aged 16 he was a member of the steering group of the Child Rights Caucus at the UN Special Session on Children and was previously a director of social enterprise ‘Young People Change the World’.

Since 2003, Tom has been a freelance consultant and trainer working on a range of issues affecting children and young people, both in the UK and abroad. He has supported organizations in both the third sector and public sector to create change. His work has focused on children and young people’s participation, children’s social policy and human rights, HIV/AIDS and sexual health, global youth work and international development. He has experience of working directly with children and young people facilitating consultations and enabling them to create change on matters affecting them. Tom has also worked with adults in a variety of citizen engagement projects.

Much of Tom’s work is delivering training for children and young people, practitioners and managers. This has focussed on children and young people’s participation, working with young people, group work, project management, research skills, evaluation and introduction to children’s law and policy. He has lectured on youth engagement at Birkbeck.

As well as leading amplify, Tom is currently Director of Global Youth Work at youth-focussed international development agency Y Care International. He was previously Senior Policy and Change Officer at the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, where he specialised in children’s participation rights, undertaking policy analysis, Parliamentary lobbying and campaigning for change.

Tom is currently Chair of trustee of international development charity Peace Child International and serves on the advisory board for the Carnegie UK Trust Democracy and Civil Society programmes. Tom is active in party politics and is a fellow of the RSA.

Tom is an alumni from the University of Sussex where he studied International Relations and Development Studies. His studies focused on political economy, gender and participatory development. He has since studied equality and non-discrimination law.

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