The SHM Foundation is currently collaborating with a number of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to develop an innovative pilot project to allow PCCs to work in partnership with young people to tackle urgent priorities such as reducing re-offending, hate crime, drug and alcohol abuse, trust in the police force, and anti-social behaviour. Crucially, the Youth Commission pilot will enable young people to become a part of the solution, rather than being seen as part of the problem.
The PCCs in Leicestershire, Hampshire and Sussex have taken the first step and signed up to pilot our Youth Commission model in their respective police force areas. These PCCs have embraced the opportunity to work in a new way with young people in order to address some of the key priorities in their Police and Crime Plans.
Longer term, our vision is to replicate the Youth Commission across police force areas in England and Wales, and to enable this way of working to become embedded in a sustainable way at the local level.
The Youth Commission allows young people aged 14-25 to act as partners to their Police and Crime Commissioners. The model involves recruiting a representative group of 20-25 young people from a force area, and equipping them with the tools to become partners to their PCC and advocates for other young people. The Youth Commission group in each police force area is undertaking a ‘Big Conversation’ to engage a further 2,000 young people in giving their views on the most urgent priorities. Importantly, the Youth Commission is helping PCCs to reach young people who would be less likely to engage through traditional forms of consultation.
The SHM Foundation still has capacity to include another two force areas in the pilot and we are interested in hearing from PCCs who support our aims and would like to collaborate with us to shape the Youth Commission model from the early stages.
To view the Youth Commission website, and keep in touch with the progress of the pilot, please click here.