Sussex Youth Commission event sees partners and Chief Constable pledge their help


The Big Conversation Conference, held at the American Express Community Stadium on Tuesday (16 Sept) evening was well received by guests that included MP Tim Loughton, representatives from the Prince’s Trust and local councillors such as Sue Shanks, the Chair of Brighton & Hove Children & Young People Committee.

The event was opened by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne who said: “I was delighted to see such a great turn out for the Sussex Youth Commission’s (SYC) Big Conversation Conference.

“The 28 Youth Commission members have worked tirelessly over the last nine months gathering the views and opinions of 2,000 young people across Sussex on five key priority areas. On Tuesday evening they presented their findings and recommendations to both me and the Chief Constable of Sussex.

“Our challenge is to now find ways to implement the recommendations.

“Partners who attended the event and took part in the round table discussions have given their support in going forward with the recommendations. This was further endorsed by the Chief Constable, who made a pledge to look at every recommendation with the view to creating implementation groups where feasible with dedicated officers working with the Youth Commission members.

“I am looking forward to seeing the SYC’s full report that will detail their findings and recommendations which will be available in October.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “I have found every contact with the Youth Commission refreshing and invigorating. They have the courage to tackle really crunchy issues and give an engaging insight from their perspective. I welcome the recommendations they have developed for the force after nearly 2,000 conversations across young people in Sussex and am committed to including the commission members in helping us make them a reality.”

Rose Dowling, Director of Learning and Citizenship, SHM Foundation said: “The Sussex Youth Commission has taken on some very challenging topics, such as domestic abuse and youth offending, and has given us a unique insight into how their generation view these problems and the possible solutions. They have shown that young people can be an invaluable resource in the fight against crime, in Sussex and elsewhere. We believe what we have done here in Sussex with Katy Bourne is a model which other PCCs should definitely learn from.”

View the SYC film here:

The five priority issues that they have been consulting on are:
• 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

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