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Commissioner Pledges to Give Young People a Voice


PCC Coppinger will positively engage with youths and ensure that they are actively involved in community safety planning across Cleveland.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has reaffirmed his commitment to give young people across Cleveland a voice at an event which explored the role of young people in community safety.

Entitled ‘Young People: Problem or Solution?’, the event brought together representatives from over 40 public, private and voluntary sector organisations to explore how agencies can positively engage with youths and ensure that they are actively involved in community safety planning across Cleveland.

The event took place during National Youth Week, and was organised by the Safer Future Communities network which brings together key voluntary sector organisations across the area.

The focus was on the development of the commitments made by the Police and Crime Commissioner when he signed up to the Youth Charter during his election campaign.

The Youth Charter was developed to encourage commissioners across the country to pledge to engage positively with young people, and has five key commitments focusing on commissioners making themselves accessible to young people and valuing their views.

Barry Coppinger said: "There are thousands of young people across Cleveland and it’s really important that they are given a voice and that we continue to engage with them.

"Since my election in November 2012, I have met with young people across Cleveland at schools, colleges, youth groups and through our Cleveland Police Cadets, and I am always impressed by the positive contribution they make to their local areas. I have supported numerous youth organisations with funding from the Police Property Act Fund, ranging from football and martial arts to youth clubs and sea cadets.

"Through my ‘Your Force Your Voice’ initiative I have pledged to visit communities in each of Cleveland’s 82 wards to hear their concerns, and I would invite any schools, colleges or youth organisations who would like me to visit them and hear their views to get in touch.

"I have a firm commitment from all those who attended this event to go back to their own organisations and look at the commitments in the Youth Charter to see how they can be applied, as engaging positively with our young people is a key requirement for all those working in community safety."

Dinah Lane from Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, which coordinates the Safer Future Communities Network added: "Young people’s views are essential to commissioning appropriate local services. Voluntary and community organisations are well-placed to support their effective engagement and we welcome the PCC’s commitment to the Youth Charter."

Any organisations who would like to invite Mr Coppinger to attend their groups should contact Sarah Wilson, Governance Officer on 01642 301446 or sarah.wilson@cleveland.pnn.police.uk.


Click here to download a copy of the Youth Charter for Police & Crime Commissioners (Adobe PDF document, 2MB)


Posted on Thursday 6th November 2014
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