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PCC's Youth Advisory Group starts work

Merseyside / October 17

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has hosted the second meeting of her Youth Advisory Group.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has hosted the second meeting of her Youth Advisory Group.

Jane Kennedy has formed a youth forum as a way to listen to the concerns and needs of young people across Merseyside. The group is made up of a diverse mix of young people from a variety of backgrounds from across the county.

Fifteen young people, aged between 16 and 24, attended the second meeting of the Youth Advisory Group (YAG) which was held in Liverpool city centre this week.

On the agenda for discussion at the meeting was the importance of young people protecting themselves online. The Commissioner also talked to the group about the ways in which Merseyside Police currently engages with young people and the ways that could be developed and improved in the future.

The meeting was used to set up sub-groups within the YAG that will look at specific issues, including hate crime, stop and search and domestic abuse. Also under discussion were ways in which the group could be trained. This included looking at issues such as hate crime awareness.

Jane Kennedy said: “I formed this group so that I can gain a greater understanding of the concerns and priorities of young people across Merseyside. I don’t want to second guess their views and it was fascinating to listen to their opinions and feedback at this meeting.

“The young people in my Youth Advisory Group are full of ideas, really enthusiastic and are excited to be sharing their thoughts and concerns with me. It is very rewarding to be engaging with young people in this way and I am really optimistic about the progress we can make over the coming months and years.”

Merseyside Police’s Youth Engagement team leader Sgt Mike Brumskill and PC Phil Seddon also attended the meeting.

Read the Commissioner's view on the second YAG meeting and a busy week meeting young people across Merseyside in her blog, JK's Corner.