We want young people to have a say on issues in their local community and concerns, which affect them.
Crime, policing and community safety effect everyone. However, research shows the under-25s are more likely to become victims of crime.
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, 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
- The Youth Commission on Police and Crime
Cleveland Police Cadets
Cleveland Police Cadets provide a 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. Fundraising for community causes and to boost funding for the cadets is also a feature of the 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.
Youth Survey into Crime
During 2020-21, Cleveland Youth Commission worked on a major, peer-led consultation known as the Big Conversation. Youth Commissioners sought views on five key topics:
- Mental health;
- Drug and alcohol;
- Relationships between young people and the police:
- Hate and online crime;
- Youth activities and preventing re-offending.
The survey was aimed at Cleveland’s young people, aged 14 to 25, and will form part of the Big Conversation. It was a chance for young people to express their views and tell community safety leaders how they would like to see them tackled.