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Youth Commission sets priorities at inaugural meeting

Having responded to a call from Norfolk’s PCC to get involved, 26 young people, aged between 14 and 25 from across the county, came together in May for the inaugural meeting of the Youth Commission.

Meeting for the first time in Norwich, the focus for the Youth Commission’s members, alongside getting to know each other, was to find out more about the Commission’s role going forward and agree the priority issues on which they will concentrate over the coming year.

Talking to the group about what he hoped to achieve through working with them, PCC Lorne Green said he was starting with a blank sheet of paper and would be led by them on the issues which matter most to Norfolk’s young people.

Supported by Leaders Unlocked, the Commission’s members discussed the key issues as they see them, which included:

  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Relationships with the police
  • Journeys through the criminal justice system
  • Peer group pressure and social media
  • Domestic abuse/ abusive relationships.

Members also got the opportunity to meet and put their questions to Norfolk’s Chief Constable, Simon Bailey.

The group will meet again later this summer.