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Having our say

A key role of being a Youth Commission member is engaging with other young people, making sure that their voices are heard on a range of issues.

Representing young people

We sit on a range of boards and meetings to ensure that young people’s voices are at the table and we directly share information from the Big Conversation with decision makers and practitioners so they are aware of what local young people are experiencing and their solutions to the issues they are facing.

Currently we input to:

  • Our Violence Reduction Units
  • HIPS Child Exploitation Board
  • Hampshire Adolescents Strategy
  • Harmful practices groups

We also give feedback on youth based grants and take part in consultations with the Childrens Safeguarding Partnerships amongst others.

The Department for Education Consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) put out a call for evidence is to ask what young people think about how relationships and health are, and should be, taught. At the moment, these are usually taught in SRE and/or PSHE classes (Sex and Relationship Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education).

Youth Commission Response

In 2017 the Youth Commission gathered the views of over 3,300 young people across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton on four topics – Hate Crime, Cyber Safety, Unhealthy Relationships and Mental Health. Young people were asked which priority is important to them, their thoughts and experiences and their top idea to help. The responses have been diverse and hugely insightful and have been used to create the Youth Commission’s response to the DofE consultation.

Click on the image of the dashboard below to learn more about how the Big Conversation has contributed to how the Youth Commission responded – opens in a new window.

Read the Youth Commission’s letter and response to the DfE


Listening to Young People

We are listening to what our Youth Commission are telling us. Following on from the 2017 Annual Report and Recommendations Conference, the Police and Crime Commissioner took forward the recommendation to support peer on peer learning and funds the Cyber Ambassador scheme. This initiative trains a small number of primary and secondary children to teach their peers about keeping safe online using Pathfinder and Cyber Critters to get the message across in an interactive and accessible way.

Working closely with our partners to share what we have heard from young people locally, will help drive the work of current services and identify service and support gaps. We eagerly await the recommendations made by the Department for Education, to see how evidence submitted by the Youth Commission, along with the continued evidence gathering, can help influence the future of the community grants offered across our region.