Young people meet for debate ahead of Youth Assembly launch in Stockton (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Debate on local issues preparation for Assembly launch next month
YOUNG people came together for a debate on the issues facing Stockton residents to help prepare them for the launch of the borough’s own Youth Assembly.
More than 20 youngsters aged 11 to 19 met with councillors, council officers and Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger to discuss topics including police and crime, leisure, arts and preparing for the world of work.
The debate was held in the run-up to the relaunch of Stockton’s own Youth Assmble which is due to meet for the first time on November 7.
Last year Stockton Council’s Children and Young People Select Committee asked that consultation with young people was widened to form a newly strengthened Youth Assembly.
The purpose of the assembly is to make sure young people are asked about issues before they happen which will help shape local services.
Councillor David Harrington, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance, said: “The debate... gave us real insight into what young people think about the issues which matter today.
Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “For those young people attending the debate it was a chance to have a frank and open discussion with the Borough’s decision makers and find out from us how local authorities and other organisations such as the Police function. I wish the Assembly and its members every success.”
The Youth Assembly is made up of representatives from school councils, young carers, sixth forms, and special needs representatives, among others.
The UK Member of the Youth Parliament will also be part of the assembly so that young people’s voices across the Borough are also heard on a regional and national level.
For more information about Stockton Youth Assembly contact Stockton Council’s Democratic Services on 01642-393939.
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