The Youth Charter for Police and Crime Commissioners was written by young people in 2012 and spells out principles for good engagement between Police and Crime Commissioners and young people.
The first Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected in 42 areas in England and Wales in November 2012. Their role is to bring more public accountability to police and crime policy. They have a responsibility to consult with the public on their plans with a particular emphasis on the victims of crime. Their policies will have a major impact on young people – whether that’s through experience of the police or how safe they are in their community. Young people are the age group more likely to be victims of crime and to become involved in committing crime and young people’s views and experiences are important for developing effective approaches to reducing crime.
How are PCCs engaging with young people?
Sharing models of youth engagement from across the country
The Youth Charter is designed to encourage PCCs’ engagement with young people. We are collecting examples of different methods that young people are being engaged with PCCs. They are published here to show how they work and how much they cost. PCCs can use them to replicate, adapt or just to see what other areas are doing.
Principles of good engagement with young people
The Youth Charter provides principles that young people have asked PCCs to follow, to show their commitment to good engagement with young people. The principles are that PCCs:
- make themselves accessible to young people (full pledge)
- treat all young people as citizens, equal with other groups (full pledge)
- provide an equal platform for all, including minorities and those marginalised (full pledge)
- establish a way of meaningful representation of young people’s views (full pledge)
- support the police force to engage positively with all young people (full pledge)