More than 120 young people got the chance to share their views with the Deputy Police Commissioner as she attended the Liverpool Schools’ Parliament today.
Cllr Emily Spurrell was among the decision-makers from across the city invited to join part of the two-day event at Liverpool Town Hall which is designed to help the young people identify their priorities and set their manifesto for 2018/19.
The Schools’ Parliament was created as a way of empowering young people and giving them a voice in decision-making processes. The Parliament was founded in 2000 and is now an official committee of Liverpool City Council, with all its decisions being passed on to the local authority for consideration.
Emily said: “I was pleased to be invited to this special event where I got to speak to some of the young people and hear about their views on policing and crime in Merseyside.
“It is so important we involve young people in the discussions about the decisions which affect them and their communities. We need to listen to their views so we know what really matters to them, to understand their concerns and opinions. I was delighted to be able to attend today and take this opportunity to engage with even more young people on Merseyside.”
The Commissioner’s office also runs a Youth Advisory Group, made up of more than 50 young people from a diverse range of backgrounds who she meets with regularly to get their views on policing and criminal justice issues and find out what they want to see from the criminal justice system. Representatives from the Youth Parliament’s ‘Upper House’ sit on the Youth Advisory Group.
The Parliament meets as two separate houses with the Upper House representing young people aged 11 to 19 and the Lower House being made up of primary school representatives. Members are selected from school councils across Liverpool and organisations including Liverpool’s Children in Care Council, Alder Hey Hospital Youth Forum, Clarence House High School, Everton Free School and Children Educated at Home are all involved.
Their manifesto for the year will be finalised after discussion with the Liverpool City Region Youth Assembly, UK Youth Parliament and the British Youth Council.
Find out more about the School Parliament and how you can join here.