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Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Raise awareness of the different types of mental health issues and reduce the stigma and stereotypes surrounding mental health, particularly for young men.
- Hold open, non-judgemental conversations with young people about their experiences and promote positive mental health.
- Explore what mental health support services are available to young people, and the barriers faced in accessing services, particularly for those not in education.
- Promote mental health as a medical issue, not criminal, and support stronger mental health training for front-line police.
- Raise awareness of various forms of exploitation and risk young people are exposed to online, including the early warning signs to look out for.
- Investigate young people’s experiences with misinformation and hate speech online and how this impacts their views and perceptions.
- Explore the impact of social media on mental health and promote appropriate support services.
- Work with the PFCC and Police to assist authorities in engaging more effectively with young people online.
Relationships with Police and Authorities
- Act as Ambassadors to support police and young people in building new, positive relationships by emphasising the importance of respect and communication from both sides.
- Raise awareness of stop and search rights amongst young people and scrutinise North Yorkshire Police’s use of ‘Stop and Search’ and ‘Use of Force’.
- Represent the voice of young people to NYP and NYFRS and investigate the treatment of young people by authorities.
- Explore young people’s experiences of diversion from crime and understand what barriers they face in successful prevention.
Drugs, Gangs and County Lines
- Highlight and promote the voice of young people with lived experience of drug abuse, gangs, or county lines and open the conversation for young people to seek support.
- Promote harm reduction approaches on the topic of drug use amongst young people, and work with partner organisations to improve education on the impacts of drug use.
- Raise awareness of the impact and early warning signs of county lines and gang exploitation amongst young people.
- Explore young people’s opinions and experiences of vaping and understand what actions young people would like to see taken by authorities.
- Explore the impacts of discrimination and unconscious bias within the police and authorities on young people, with a particular focus on marginalised and underrepresented groups.
- Raise awareness of hate crime, mate crime, and discrimination faced by young people, including incidents that sometimes go unrecognised.
- Encourage victims and witnesses to report discrimination and hate crime and explore what barriers they may face in doing so.
- Work directly with and share the voice of young people with lived experience of discrimination to support and empower others.
Gender Violence and Safer Streets
- Investigate and listen to young people’s experience of spiking, harassment, and violence in public spaces and promote existing safety initiatives.
- Educate the OPFCC and partners on young people’s experience of gender violence.
- Challenge ‘lad culture’ and other environments that accept and minimise the impacts of VAWG.
- Ensure a non-victim blaming approach throughout conversations on gender violence.