Leaders Unlocked is a not-for-profit social enterprise.
It aims to allow young people and under-represented groups to have a stronger voice on the issues which affect their lives.
Leaders Unlocked will work with Cleveland OPCC to engage with young people from across Cleveland.
As a result, it will establish a Cleveland Youth Commission. This is a way for young people aged 14-25 to influence decisions about policing and crime.
The project will represent the views of young people to the Police and Crime Commissioner. This will support the development and delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
Phases of Work
The project will take place over an eight month period and will involve the following phases of work:
- Local mapping. It will map relevant local partners and community groups across Cleveland and look at its demographic make-up.
- Recruitment. The project will recruit 20 to 25 young people from diverse localities and demographic groups. Youth Commissioners will include young people from under-served or more marginalised groups. They are expected to include young offenders, looked-after children, and young people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
- Inaugural meeting. It will establish the vision and priorities of the group.
- Skills training and tools. The delivery partner will deliver a skills training event with the Youth Commission. The event will equip members with the professional training, support and tools they need to undertake high quality peer research with other young people about their priority issues. This practical training will develop key skills in communication, peer research, interview techniques and active listening.
- The ‘Big Conversation. Youth Commission members will talk to young people in their communities, with the professional support of Leaders Unlocked. This will involve planning and delivering a wide range of outreach and consultation activities with a very diverse cross-section of Cleveland’s youth population. The exercise will engage at least 1,200 young people in meaningful conversations about the Youth Commission’s key priorities. This process will include targeted consultation events with harder-to-reach and minority groups, such as young offenders, looked-after children, and faith groups.
- Analysis and Recommendations. Cleveland Youth Commission will come together to analyse their findings and develop viable recommendations for the PCC, police and partner agencies. This process will take place with close involvement from the PCC and police. As a result, recommendations will be realistic and in line with the Police and Crime Plan and current priorities. The Youth Commission’s recommendations will help.
- Final conference and report: The project will culminate with a final conference and showcase event, at which the members of the Youth Commission will present their key findings and recommendations to an audience of the PCC/ OPCC, police, partner agencies, and local community partners.
Inform and Challenge
The project will facilitate opportunities for Youth Commissioners to inform and challenge Cleveland Police during this period.
There is the potential for Youth Commissioners to be involved in the recruitment and training of officers.
They can also have an advisory input to police strategies and decisions, and scrutiny of performance in key areas such as Stop and Search