We want young people to have a say on issues in their local community and on concerns, which affect them.
Crime, policing and community safety effect everyone – but research shows the under-25s are more likely to become victims.
The Home Office’s 2003 Crime and Justice Survey (C&JS) found:
- Over a third (35%) of young people aged 10 to 15 had experienced crime in the previous 12 months;
- The degree of repeat victimisation for violent offences was particularly high for young people;
- Offending by young people was most likely to lead to them becoming victims of crime.
As potential victims of crime, it is important that the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) represents young people’s views, experiences and priorities. This is so the PCC can meet their needs when planning and funding services.
It is also vital that the PCC encourages young people to take an active part in their community and become responsible citizens.
By providing positive activities for young people across Cleveland, they are also less like to come into contact with the courts and police – either as offenders or victims.
That’s why the PCC has funded 2 programmes aimed at young people:
- Cleveland Police Cadets, which is run by Safer Communities on behalf of Cleveland Police
- Cleveland Youth Commission on Police and Crime
Cleveland Police Cadets
Cleveland Police Cadets provides personal and social development programme for young people in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton.
Weekly activities involve elements of community safety, physical fitness, outdoor adventure and social responsibility. There is also an element of fundraising for good causes in the community and to boost funding for the cadet programme.
The programme promotes safer communities and volunteering. It is aimed at young people, aged 3-17 years.
Cleveland Youth Commission on Policing and Crime
The Youth Commission enables young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the PCC for Cleveland.
The commission works on a topic of their choice on community safety, crime or policing, asks other young people about their views on it and presents their findings to the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Youth Survey into Crime
Cleveland Youth Commission is now working to get young people’s views in five key areas:
- Mental health
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Relationships between young people and police
- Hate and online crime
- Youth activities and preventing re-offending.
The survey is aimed at Cleveland’s young people, aged 14 to 25, and will form part of the Big Conversation.
The Big Conversation is the main focus of work for Cleveland’s first Youth Commission on Police and Crime.
It’s a chance for young people to express their views on a number of topics – and tell community safety leaders how they would like to see them tackled.
Findings will be presented at a conference next year, attended by Acting PCC Lisa Oldroyd and other community leaders.
Young people, aged 14 to 25, can get involved by taking part in the online survey at https://forms.gle/iU7FfsvjQiCfpYt56
Deadline for responses is 15 February 2021.