There is a developing programme of annual young voice activities and opportunities for young people to have their say including Youth Elections, Local Takeover Week, the Great Debate and the Youth Council
The Youth Council is a constitutional group that represents the views of local young people, giving them the opportunity to have a voice, discuss relevant issues, engage with, challenge and support decision makers and contribute to improving the lives of young people in the area. All young people aged 11 to 20, who live, work or go to school or college in the area can attend the Youth Council.
The Youth Elections are a democratic process to elect a local Young Mayor and Member of Youth Parliament (MYP). All young people aged 11 to 18, who live, work or go to school or college in the area can stand for Young Mayor or MYP and vote.
Local Takeover Week gives children and young people a chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision making. Young people benefit from the opportunity to experience the working environment and make their voices heard while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do.
The Great Debate takes place on an annual basis and brings together young people from across the area to discuss issues that matter to them with people who can make and influence decision making.
- power and influence – raising the profile of issues that matter to young people and influence community opinion
- getting their voices heard – ensures young people are more informed and involved in decision making and helps them to see they are being listened to and their issues are being acted on
- understanding and development – young people gain new skills and develop valuable experiences
- positive representation – young people can represent their peers to the media, countering negative stereotypes and promoting positive images
- new skills – confidence, campaigning, public speaking, running consultations and political education are just a few of the skills young people can learn
- principles of local democracy – young people can learn about and be involved in local democracy and political processes
NLYC Positive Steps leaflet [PDF, 6Mb] is a guide for young people written by the North Lincolnshire Youth Council (NLYC). It includes lots of tips on coping with life’s demands and some useful links and contacts.
In January 2016, the manager of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) approached the NLYC to develop a young people’s version of the LSCB Annual Review document. It would serve as a way of:
- promoting the work of the LSCB
- raising awareness of its activities and impacts
- reminding children and young people of the services and support available to them to keep safe in their homes, schools and communities
Young people felt that delivering this in the format of a film would be more creative and appealing than a written document. They also felt there should be different versions to reflect different maturity levels as the intended audience would vary widely in age.
Young people and partners worked together to develop scripts and formats for two films. The film for primary aged young people took the shape of role play in a LSCB meeting. The film for young people in secondary schools and colleges is a newsroom setup. Members of the NLYC and representatives from Leys Farm Junior School (who starred in the films) presented them to the LSCB in May 2016. The feedback was extremely positive.
The films and associated resources have since been distributed to schools, colleges and settings as a means of information sharing and to generate discussions.
The young people’s versions of the LSCB Annual Review can be viewed below: