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Youth Commission recommends at annual conference

26 March 2017

Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, has welcomed his Youth Commission’s recommendations on how young people would like to see organisations work together to make improvements in the support, information, services and advice that is available for young people across four key areas.

To come up with the recommendations, Youth Commission members consulted over 3,500 of their peers across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth to identify the most important crime and policing issues for young people and the actions they feel can be taken locally to make improvements.

The results


Michael Lane said: “Over the past year members of my Youth Commission have worked hard to ensure that the voices of young people are heard on topical issues they find important. They have committed several hundred hours of their own time to volunteer to researching and delivering improvements around policing and crime.

“The recommendations they have presented set out practical steps that once implemented could make a significant difference in areas of concern to young people. I look forward to working with the Youth Commission and our partners to take these recommendations forward.”

The recommendations include:

  • Ensure there is help available for young people with mental health issues, no matter how severe or small the case is. Examine the guidelines on when things are ‘bad enough’ to give help.
  • Introduction of Cyber Ambassadors in schools.
  • Using young people to develop, or work in partnership with substance misuse campaigns, focusing on using social media effectively.
  • Create more opportunities to get to know police as people, including utilising police cadets.


To view the findings of the big conversation and all the Youth Commission Recommendations read the Recommendation Report 2017

Partners completed pledges based around the recommendations, which will be followed up on in the coming year. To find out more, watch the video!