Merseyside's Deputy Police Commissioner will today take the hot seat at a youth conference focusing on education and mental wellbeing.
Cllr Emily Spurrell will be among the panellists on the ‘Great Debate’ at the annual Wirral Youth Voice Conference, organised by Wirral Council’s Children and Young People’s department.
Emily will be joined by councillors and senior officials from Wirral Council, representatives from the police and local schools for the debate which will focus on motions put forward by a range of youth groups and schools on issues relating to young people’s mental welfare.
More than 100 young people are expected to attend the event entitled ‘Learning in Mind’ which is taking place at Wallasey Town Hall. The conference, which is open to schools and youth groups from across the borough, will get underway with a welcome from the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan, before a presentation from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) on the introduction of a mental health ‘first aid kit’ for schools.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops examining topics including the positive and negative impact of competition, how to create the most effective learning environments and self-help. The event will also include dance performances and a marketplace at which the young people will be able to get information from a host of voluntary organisations on issues that might affect them. The young people will then have the opportunity to grill local decision makers in the Great Debate, which will be chaired by two elected members of the Merseyside Youth Parliament.
Emily said: “As we mark World Mental Health Day I’m delighted to be participating in this event which aims to focus on the mental wellbeing of young people across the Wirral.
“The Commissioner and I are committed to engaging with young people here on Merseyside. We already have a really effective Youth Advisory Group, made up of a diverse mix of young people who meet regularly and tell us what they want to see from the criminal justice system.
“Today’s Youth Voice Conference will enable me to listen to the views of even more young people and understand what is really important to them. I’m looking forward to hearing their opinions, listening to their concerns and answering their questions.”