8th October 2020 News

Lancashire Youth Commission on Crime Reduction and Prevention Launched

Lancashire Youth Commission on Police, Crime Violence Reduction are looking for  up 25 young people aged 14 to 25 the chance to support, challenge and inform the work of Police and Crime Commissioner and VRN for Lancashire. We are keen to have a group of young people on the Youth Commission who truly reflect the young people of Lancashire – so why not apply!

The Youth Commission will gather the views of young people across Lancashire on police, crime and violence reduction. They will plan and run events, review findings and make recommendations to OPCC, VRN. The Youth Commission members will present this at Youth Commission ‘Big Conversation’ Conference in 2021,  which will be attended by senior leaders from the OPCC, VRN,  Police, Local Authority and Organisations from across Lancashire.

In March 2021, the Lancashire Youth Commission members will publish their report that will contain their findings and key recommendations based on the voices of young people in living in Lancashire.

Interested individuals have until November 13th to apply for a role as Lancashire Youth Commissioner. Due to COVID  the project will be conducted virtually until it is safe to do so face-to-face.

Announcing the Youth Commission programme, Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw said “This is an exciting project that I am pleased to fund through my office. This is the first time that a youth engagement model has sought to bring together the work of a Police and Crime Commissioner with a Violence Reduction Unit.

“Young people will get the chance through the Commission to engage with myself, the police and Lancashire’s Violence Reduction Network (VRN). It is through this engagement that we will be able to hear from young people in Lancashire about their priorities and key issues around Crime in Lancashire.

“I look forward to hearing the views of young people in Lancashire and the work which they will be presenting at the Youth Commission Conference in 2021”.

Lancashire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Webb, who will lead on the project for the OPCC said: “This is a unique opportunity for young people to get involved and have their say on how policing and violent crime is dealt with in Lancashire. Young people will have the opportunity to engage with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and let us know what their priorities and issues are in their area.

“Traditionally young people’s voices are harder to reach and the Youth Commission will allow us that crucial input that is often so difficult to achieve. We want young people from across Lancashire to get involved so if you are interested, apply to be on the Commission and we look forward to hearing from you.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Clarke, Head of the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network commented, “The Youth Commission presents a significant opportunity for young people to influence decisions on reducing crime and violence while developing skills that will help them in their future lives and careers.

Engaging with young people is vital if we are to ensure their experiences feed into decision making. I encourage any young person who is interested in making a difference to policing and reducing crime  in Lancashire to apply.”

The Commissioner’s office and VRN have partnered with youth engagement experts Leaders Unlocked to ensure young people have the chance to make their priorities known.

The organisation has helped to set up 13 Youth Commissions with PCCs around the UK since 2013, including: Cheshire, Cumbria, Cleveland, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Sussex and North Wales.

Kaytea Budd-Brophy, Senior Manager at Leaders Unlocked, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in Lancashire on this joint funded project with the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and the Violence Reduction Network (VRN)”.

“This is an exciting opportunity open to young people 14-25 years old living in Lancashire. The Youth Commission enables young people to have a stronger voice on important issues that affect them. They are our future leaders and the Youth Commission offers young people chance to gain skills and provides a platform to influence decision making on police and crime prevention and make a difference to the community.”

Young people interested in joining Lancashire Youth Commission on Police, Crime, and Violence Reduction can find out more and apply by visiting the PCC’s website:  https://www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/lancashire-youth-commission/

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