The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission has submitted findings of its consultation with over 3,300 young people across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton to Government in a bid to ensure pupils are getting the information they need to thrive in the increasingly complex and digital world.
The submission is in response to a call by Government for the views of parents, education professionals, and young people on how to improve Relationships and Sex Education and Personal Social, Health and Economic (PHSE) education.
A recent YouGov poll showed that 91% of parents surveyed believed all pupils should receive PHSE lessons to teach them about the risks of sexting, as well as other issues such as contact from strangers online. A Barnardo’s poll of 11-15 year olds also showed that 74% believed that children would be safer if they had age appropriate classes on sex and relationships.
In their response the Youth Commission highlighted the ideas young people have shared with them on improving education across four areas – unhealthy relationships, hate crime, mental health and cyber safety.
Youth Commission member, Amy Hemming, 19 from Andover said: “Over the last year we been asking young people what issues are most important to them, their thoughts and experiences and their top idea to help. Some of the issues raised through this consultation are already being tackled locally – for example through our Cyber Ambassadors in schools or the Commissioner’s funding for Hate Crime reporting centres. We now want our voices, and the voices of the young people we have spoken to, to be heard at a national level.
“How can we be taught to keep safe, have better physical, emotional and mental health if the adults around us do not fully understand the world we are growing up in and understand what we feel is important.”
The full response by the Youth Commission is available at https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/youth-commission/having-our-say