More than 1,500 conversations have taken place with young people across Cheshire identifying six policing priorities, evidence panels with senior police officers and a conference with partners across the county are just some of the highlights in the final report from Cheshire Youth Commission 2016.
The report provides the outcomes and recommendations of the work of 28 young people representing their communities as Youth Commission members in 2016. Commenting on her experience of the project Youth Commission member Molly Humphries said: "The Cheshire Youth Commission on Police & Crime has allowed me to enhance my understanding of the police force whilst providing me with a renewed sense of social responsibility. As a result of my involvement, I have an elevated level of self-confidence which has had a notable impact on my career prospects. Those I have met throughout this experience possess a sense of duty that has ultimately inspired me to take an active role both within my community and my personal life, I hope future projects are as beneficial as this one."
The report has been published as Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane confirms a further year's support for the project.
David said: "A major part of my role is to provide a voice for the public in policing and with over a quarter of Cheshire's population being under 25, young people have the right to be heard.
The Youth Commission has provided me with great support by identifying the issues that matter to young people, getting out and having conversations directly with their peers and making sure the feedback that they received is heard by me, local police service leaders and partners across the county. It is now our responsibility to work alongside young people to make sure that we take forward the recommendations put forward by the Youth Commission.
I committed in my Police & Crime Plan to work together with partners and young people on issues relating to policing and crime and I see our Youth Commission in Cheshire playing a crucial role in delivering this. I am therefore delighted to support the project for a further 12 months."
Following the first year’s success the Youth Commission 2017 is looking to recruit more members to support the delivery of a wider remit. This will include at least 2,000 conversations with young people, an enhanced advisory role on policing issues, specialist project work and support for the delivery of the 2016 recommendations.
- Are you between 14-25 years old?
- Are you looking to gain knowledge, skills and experience that they can’t teach you at school, and build your CV?
- Do you want to work with other young people to help shape the way we police our communities, and particularly work with young people?
If you answered yes then apply to become part of the Cheshire Youth Commission 2017.
Rose Dowling of Leaders Unlocked, the Social Enterprise coordinating the Youth Commission explains: "We're looking for young people from different backgrounds and experiences to take part, including those who have been a victim of crime or may have experienced the criminal justice system. We will be working with local partners across Cheshire to promote applications and we have tried to make this as simple and accessible as possible."
All the documents need to apply for this opportunity along with the 2016 Youth Commission Report can be accessed on the Youth Commission page of this website.
The deadline for application forms is 12pm on April 18th 2017.