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23 May, 2024

North Yorkshire Youth Commission publish latest report

Front cover - Youth Commission report 2024
The North Yorkshire Youth Commission has published their latest report, reflecting on their work from March 2023 to January 2024.

The Youth Commission allows young people to get involved and have their say about policing, fire, and crime, where they live.

This annual report focuses on the Youth Commission’s extensive peer-to-peer research and engagement with 1,704 young people across York and North Yorkshire between March 2023 and January 2024.

This important work, carried out under the former Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, has developed a set of recommendations to be taken forward by the York and North Yorkshire’s newly elected Mayor David Skaith, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and wider partners.

The Youth Commission’s report focuses on the six priorities, chosen by young people:

  • Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
  • Gender Violence & Safer Streets
  • Discrimination
  • Online Safety
  • Relationships with Police & Authorities
  • Drugs Gangs & County Lines

In the report, former Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe says:

“Young people today face new and unique challenges when it comes to crime and criminal justice.

“In order for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to provide the exemplary service that the public have come to expect, they must be able to understand the needs of everyone across our region if we are to ensure that people can be safe and feel safe.

“This Youth Commission has spent almost a decade helping the police understand the perspective of young people, offering advice and direct experience to help both services in their interactions with young and vulnerable people in our community.

“I am delighted with how my office and I have been able to proactively support and invest in the Youth Commission in their work, and the upcoming transition to the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority presents new opportunities to expand the engagement of young people with both the emergency services and public servants more widely.”

Get involved with the Youth Commission

The Youth Commission are currently looking for new members and are inviting people between the ages of 10 and 25, who have an interest in community issues, policing, fire or crime to apply. Closing date for applications is Friday 14 June.

Find out more about the Youth Commission and how to join.

Read North Yorkshire Youth Commission’s – Final report to Commissioner Zoe – 2023 -2024

Youth Commission Final Report 2023 - 2024 front cover

Read North Yorkshire Youth Commission’s – Final report to Commissioner Zoe – 2023-2024

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