NCVYS’Youth Charter ensures PCC’s listen to youth voice

 

On the 15th November, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC’s) will be voted in across the country with a mandate to make the best use of public resources, ensuring safe communities for all – PCCs must develop strong partnerships with young people and the agencies that serve them. 

In the run up to these elections, a Youth Advisory Group was set up to develop a Youth Charter – a document encouraging PCC’s to pledge their engagement with young people and listen to their views in a meaningful way. It provides principles for PCC’s to work to, all of which have come from young people. The Youth Charter has been produced as part of the Safer Future Communities project, funded by the Home Office. A number of organisations have already pledged their support to the charter. 

As of 11th October 2012 the Youth Charter had already seen five PCC candidates sign up. This is an encouraging start and the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) wants to see more candidates pledging their commitment to youth engagement.

Faiza Khan, Deputy Chief Executive of NCVYS, said “statistically, young people are the most likely age group to be victims of crime, and while they are members of our communities, they remain significantly under-represented in electoral processes.  As such, it is of utmost importance that our PCC’s fully engage with young people, and so we are calling on all PCC candidates to sign up to our Youth Charter, a set of five pledges to engage with young people, keeping them in mind when making key decisions.”

Rob Abraham, aged 19, a young person on the Youth Advisory Group, said: “PCC's should engage with young people because working in partnership with them will reduce youth crime and make them feel like valued members of the community.”

Jessica Senior, aged 17, also in the Youth Advisory Group, said: “PCC's should involve themselves with young people as young people have a passion for how policing system could work better, they just need to be given the time to be heard.” For more information on the Youth Charter, visit  NCVYS’ website.

 

 

 

 

 

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