Staffordshire Youth Commission
The members come from a hugely diverse group of organisations across Staffordshire, including the Prince’s Trust, YMCA, Youth Offending Team, Children in Care, schools, colleges and universities.
Introducing the Staffordshire Youth Commission
Who are we?
Staffordshire Commissioner Matthew Ellis established the Youth Commission in 2016 as part of a project to engage with young people regarding police and crime issues.
The Youth Commission consists of members aged 14-25 years from a range of backgrounds across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The Commission represents the voice of young people in Staffordshire and makes a difference to youth issues, being involved in policing and having a say about how crime is tackled.
In their second year, the Youth Commission are working on five priority areas, including:
- Knife and Gang Crime
- Abuse and CSE
- Hate Crime and Exclusion
- Mental Health
- Community Breakdown
Message from the Commissioner – Matthew Ellis
‘It’s important the needs, concerns and the voices of youngsters are serviced by young people themselves.
‘The first year was both rewarding and exciting for our young members. And, having met our new intake, I have every confidence the Youth Commission will continue to prosper and grow.
‘Rose Dowling – director of Leaders Unlocked, which runs the Youth Commission on behalf of the Staffordshire Commissioner’s office – is looking forward to welcoming new members.
‘I was hugely impressed with the motivation and creativity of the Staffordshire Youth Commissioners – they are determined to change things for the better this year and have taken on some difficult and important topics to address.
‘With the support of the Commissioner’s office I am confident this team will make a real difference to other young people across Staffordshire.’