Youth Commmission

The Sussex Youth Commission (SYC) began as a pilot project launched in January 2014 by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner to give young people across the county an opportunity to have a voice on policing and crime.

Following a successful first year the pilot project was extended and new members were recruited in both 2015 and 2016. The current cohort is formed of a mix of members, some who have been with the SYC from the start and some who joined in 2015 and 2016.

The SYC in 2016

Following two years of conversations with more than 4,000 of their peers the SYC will now turn their focus to action. Together with PCC Katy Bourne and her office and Sussex Police the Youth Commission will work to implement the recommendations which they have formed over the previous two years. Those recommendations include encouraging Sussex Police to adopt a “Youth Pact” to guide police interactions with young people and looking at how Restorative Justice methods could help to support young offenders.

At their first meeting in 2016 members immediately got started on one of their recommendations; working with Sussex Police to identify ways to raise drug abuse awareness among young people.

2015 membership and priorities

Members of the 2015 SYC came from Littlehampton, Arun, Bexhill, Hailsham, Crawley, Brighton and Hove, Haywards Heath, Peacehaven, Eastbourne and many more locations.

The 2015 SYC cohort met for the first time on Saturday 31 January and discussed the issues they wanted to tackle in their communities and peer groups. They identified five key priority topics to explore in 2015:

  • Hate Crime
  • Cyber-bullying and Online Harassment
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Supporting Young Offenders
  • Relations with the Police

Following over 2,000 conversations with young people throughout Sussex, the SYC prepared a series of recommendations to take forward. These were presented to the PCC, Sussex police and partners at a conference at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday 23 September 2015. You can view a short film of the conference below.

2015 final report and recommendations

The Sussex Youth Commission’s 2015 Report is available to download here. These conclusions will go on to inform, challenge and support the Police & Crime Plan, as well as shape future youth engagement in Sussex. The recommendations will be taken forward by the Youth Commission Independent Advisory Group (IAG) in consultation with the PCC, Sussex Police and partners.

An infographic summarising the findings of the SYC’s 2015 Big Conversation can be found below (please click to enlarge).

The SYC in 2014

The 2014 ‘Big Conversation’ saw SYC members gather the views of over 2,000 young people across the county on five priority issues:

  • Abuse; including domestic abuse, sexual abuse and rape
  • Drug and alcohol crime
  • Bullying; including cyber-bullying
  • Offending and reoffending
  • Relationship between young people and the police

Members ran a number of interactive workshops and engagement events at schools, colleges, universities, youth groups and charities across Sussex consulting with their peers on these priority issues, to identify best practice and areas for improvement.

2014 final report and recommendations

The SYC presented its findings to the Police & Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable and partners at a ‘Big Conversation Conference’ in September 2014. You can watch a film captured at the Conference below.

The Sussex Youth Commission’s 2014 Report is available to download here. These conclusions will go on to inform, challenge and support the Police & Crime Plan, as well as shape future youth engagement in Sussex.

An infographic summarising the work of the Youth Commission during its initial pilot phase (Jan-Nov 2014) was also produced (click to enlarge).

Further information

You can find out more information about their priorities and the feedback which the Youth Commission received in 2014 here (external website).

We've also produced several videos about the Youth Commission, their conferences and their work over the years. You can watch these below. To view a drop down list of the videos available please click the three white lines in the top left hand corner of the video.

The SYC in 2014

The 2014 ‘Big Conversation’ saw SYC members gather the views of over 2,000 young people across the county on five priority issues:

  • Abuse; including domestic abuse, sexual abuse and rape
  • Drug and alcohol crime
  • Bullying; including cyber-bullying
  • Offending and reoffending
  • Relationship between young people and the police

Members ran a number of interactive workshops and engagement events at schools, colleges, universities, youth groups and charities across Sussex consulting with their peers on these priority issues, to identify best practice and areas for improvement.

2014 final report and recommendations

The SYC presented its findings to the Police & Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable and partners at a ‘Big Conversation Conference’ in September 2014. You can watch a film captured at the Conference below.

The Sussex Youth Commission’s 2014 Report is available to download here. These conclusions will go on to inform, challenge and support the Police & Crime Plan, as well as shape future youth engagement in Sussex.

An infographic summarising the work of the Youth Commission during its initial pilot phase (Jan-Nov 2014) was also produced (click to enlarge).

Sussex Youth Commission IAG

The Sussex Youth Commission Independent Advisory Group (IAG) was established following the Youth Commission’s ‘Big Conversation’ Conference in September 2014, to help improve relationships between young people and the police. The IAG consists of five Youth Commission members and five senior police officers overseen by Superintendent Laurence Taylor, Sussex Police’s lead for children and young people.

“The IAG is really important as it enables me to speak candidly with young people. It also enables them to challenge and scrutinise policing across Sussex. It’s not often that we get an environment where young people can tell us as it is.”

The Group meet quarterly and, and at their most recent meeting, posed some challenging questions to officers around police Stop and Search, hate crime, and their behaviour towards young people and how this can be misinterpreted.

Further information

You can find out more information about their priorities and the feedback which the Youth Commission received in 2014 here (external website).

We've also produced several videos about the Youth Commission, their conferences and their work over the years. You can watch these below. To view a drop down list of the videos available please click the three white lines in the top left hand corner of the video.

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