Tackling young peoples' concerns
We are the police service for children and young people in North Yorkshire - not just adults. We want to acknowledge what makes young people different, recognise where they are vulnerable and provide a service that meets their needs.
To help us to do this, we have developed a strategy so that everyone who works at North Yorkshire Police will know what we need to do to provide a better service for children and young people. We also developed it so that young people themselves could know that we take their issues seriously and see what we’re doing to try to tackle them.
To develop our strategy we called upon the help of North Yorkshire Youth Commission. The Youth Commission is made up of young people aged 14-25 and they advise the police so we can make good decisions about how we help younger people in our communities, and keep them safe. We also drew on the opinions of more than 1500 young people who took part in the Youth Commission’s first “Big Conversation” – a piece of peer research into issues that affect children and young people across the county.
The key themes that came out of this research included:
- Young peoples’ relationship with the police
- Online safety
- How the police deal with young people with mental health problems and vulnerability
- Sexual abuse including child sexual exploitation
- Domestic abuse
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Hate crime
- Missing young people and exploitation
Read the strategy to discover what North Yorkshire Police is already doing about these issues, what young people said could be improved, and what North Yorkshire Police has pledged to do in response.
If you would like to join the North Yorkshire Youth Commission, and help guide the police’s work with young people, you can find out more on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.[pdf]